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testing y!q "search in context"

I'm going to be testing y!q search for the next few weeks and see how it goes (thanks Jeremy for the invitation). It's an interesting concept---it's been out for a few weeks I think though. You set a few words or a paragraph and you get a search related to the text. The more text you search the less relevant the results get, unless for some reason the text is very focused on a particular topic. In my case, I'm using weblog post titles as context, since I generally have titles that are fairly descriptive. I tried using post summaries but the results weren't as good--what with my tendency to start (and sometimes to continue) off-topic and all that.

Another thing I'm doing this week, when I have some free time :), is looking at the Yahoo! search APIs and related stuff. Should be interesting.

PS: I've also taken a further look at A9's OpenSearch. When I first noted its release I thought that A9 was providing their own results in RSS as well as aggregating others, but that's not the case, or at least I haven't been able to find how to do it. Although the "search exchange standard format" idea is cool, it's a bit weird of A9 to not adhere to their own output standard. Maybe this is something that will be added in the future (one hopes...)

Categories: technology
Posted by diego on April 5 2005 at 7:25 AM

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