[ic] Improving product search results
peter at pajamian.dhs.org
Mon May 30 01:39:15 EDT 2005
On 05/29/2005 07:48 PM, Grant wrote:
> Has anyone found a way to improve the quality of the results returned
> by a product search? The Google Mini sounds like a good way to do it:
> but it costs $3000. This article got me thinking about this:
> It's about an IC site.
IC integrates with the glimpse search engine which will give you
spelling correction: <http://webglimpse.net/> but not, afaik, synonyms.
You could probably also integrate it with the swishe search engine
<http://swish-e.org/> though that is not directly supported in IC I
don't think it would be very difficult to do. Among the listed features
of swishe is Word stemming, soundex, metaphone, and double-metaphone
indexing for "fuzzy" searching which should ceartainly give you a type
or several types of spelling corrections. Again, I don't think it does
If you want synonyms you may be stuck implementing them yourself, unless
you want to fork over $3000 to google. The logic should be simple
enough and pretty much boils down to proper indexing and having a decent
lookup table (thesaurus), though the CPU power needed to do them might
be too much. The logic for fixing spelling errors is widely available
and you can probably pinch some code from (or even directly interface
to) aspell for that.
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