February 15, 2007

Vivisimo is blogging.

The folks at Vivisimo have a blog, with some interesting posts on high availability and secure searching, along with the expected product plugs, natch.

I've confessed to not seeing the value of clustered results, but this is certainly a site I'll be watching.

Posted February 15, 2007 7:21 PM
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Do you see value in this clustering on your own name?

http://clusty.com/search?query=%22dave+lemen%22

Posted by: Raul at February 16, 2007 3:39 PM

A query on my name illustrates some of the aspects of clustering that I don't find helpful. Here are the clusters I got:
Google
Picture, High-Res
Mommy Needs a Cocktail
Heritage Farm
Journals, Still be writing in pretty handmade
Profile
Geeks
Chick Adventure Guide to Hiking
Conference
Djchuang.com

There are three clusters from my blogroll, Mommy, Chick Adventure, and Djchuang.com, but I'd expect other entries in my blogroll to be represented too. Also, two of these clusters, Mommy and Chick Adventure are inexplicably intertwined.

The "Journals, Still be writing in pretty handmade" cluster is simply bizarre.

There may be some value there for someone hoping to learn some things about me. The Google, Geeks and Conference clusters could be helpful for that. However, if they thought I had a connection to "Heritage Farm" they'd be misled, as that's the one cluster in the set about a different Dave Lemen.

But enough about me... I found the clusters for a query on "cystic fibrosis" to be much more useful and appropriate. However, while the clusters give you quick clues about CF, they don't seem to divide the results into useful subsets, and the Wikipedia article is much more useful for getting a good introduction to CF.

The query where clustering seems to shine is my friend Joe Rockmore's favorite, "tank". You get your Think Tanks, Water Tanks, Armored Tanks, etc. There's still the odd result though; the cluster "Girl" is based on girl's tank tops, Tank Girl, an article about an Iraqi girl killed by a US tank, and other, unrelated links.

Posted by: Dave Lemen at February 19, 2007 10:03 AM

I relied on Vivisimo's search technology heavily while doing research during my internship at a big pharma company last summer. Imagine doing vaccine research for the first time and having to sift through all of the pages of Google results. Vivisimo's search engine on the Dept. of Health's website saved me time and got me to where I needed to go. I use Google personally but in the enterprise search I don't see how anyone else comes close.

Posted by: Chris at February 23, 2007 12:35 AM
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