Semantic search is search that understands the meaning of a natural language query as opposed to viewing search terms as keywords. Simplicable brought this interesting information to us in their article, “What is Semantic Search?

To properly use semantic search, a search engine back end is required that can discover, rank and index knowledge resources. In addition, it requires natural language processing capabilities. Natural language processing is typically based on artificial intelligence as machine learning is required to tackle the complexity of natural languages such as English.

Natural language processing was once on the frontier of artificial intelligence as a research topic with low accuracy. Now it is rapidly becoming a requirement for mainstream consumer and enterprise applications.

Melody K. Smith

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