Search is not simple. Not sure it ever was, but in these days of semantic enrichment, machine-assisted indexing, natural language processing (NLP) and artificial intelligence (AI), it has never been more complicated and simultaneously, never more effective.

Boolean search is a structured search process that allows the user to insert words or phrases such as and, or, not to limit, broaden and define the search results. This was as as simple as it ever was, with the exception of the library card Dewey Decimal classification approach.

When searching for data, the difference between a fast application and a slower one lies in the accurate use of search algorithm. Searching algorithms is a basic, fundamental step in computing done via step-by-step method to locate a specific data among a collection of data.

All search algorithms make use of a search key in order to complete the procedure. And they are expected to return a success or a failure status.

Intelligent search is AI-powered search that is designed to understand a user’s goal, and return results that are based on the inference of that goal – not just the word submitted. This requires going far beyond direct query matches. Intelligent search combines elements of semantic vector search and machine learning technology to construct a picture of the user’s overall goal.

Today Google does more than query expansion in order to rank web pages, some of that is generally focused on what users mean when they use a search query in order to understand the full context of the search query.

After Google Hummingbird, they swapped out some important words in the query with synonyms without actually changing the meaning of the search query. The advantage of doing that was that now Google could find even more web pages to rank, some of which were even better than pages with the exact keyword match.

Making data accessible is something we know a little about. Whatever you are searching for, it is important to have a comprehensive search feature and quality indexing against a standards-based taxonomy. Choose the right partner in technology, especially when your content is in their hands. Access Innovations is known as a leader in database production, standards development, and creating and applying taxonomies.

Melody K. Smith

Sponsored by Data Harmony, harmonizing knowledge for a better search experience.