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  1. Jul 28, 2008 #1
    It has semantic capabilities. Try it.
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  3. Jul 28, 2008 #2

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    It works in an odd manner. Searching for vague terms such as "physics" "mathematics" or "science" yields 0 hits.
     
  4. Jul 28, 2008 #3
    meh, still sticking with google
     
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  5. Jul 28, 2008 #4

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    The site has been slow (as would be expected at this stage).
    ..probably won't make a good first impression.
    (The site loads much faster if I tell Firefox not to load images... unfortunately, the search box is hard to see.)

    It's all over the news... for some reason.
    Other search engines that would compete with Google
    mentioned in past news have come and gone (or at least taken a lower profile).
     
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  6. Jul 28, 2008 #5

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    It's AWFUL! On one search string instead of searching on the main word which was "nasal" it searched primarily on the word "problems" with the first result an article on problems with meth manufacture.

    I then searched on Herodotus and got "We didn’t find any results for “herodotus”

    :bugeye:

    Unlike google, if you mispell a word, it doesn't suggest alternatives, it gives you nothing.
     
  7. Jul 28, 2008 #6
    I don't know of any other engine with smeantic capabilities. I'm not saying they are going to even compete with google. But I think this is quite a serious shift, and my understanding is that google is taking that more seriously than ever before.
     
  8. Jul 28, 2008 #7

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    Can explain what you mean by semantic capabilities as it relates to a search engine? What is the perceived benefit?
     
  9. Jul 28, 2008 #8

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    I think semantic means "context" like the word associations we struggle with the library entries

    There is also the matter of heursitics, i.e. learning the most likely context for a keyword or set. Perhaps this search engine is so young, it does not yet have a sufficient database with which to discern semantics.
     
  10. Jul 28, 2008 #9
    It attempts to classify the results by meaning. I am unaware of any other engine with such capabilities. This is very interesting.

    To be honnest, I've been thinking about that for quite a while :smile:

    For instance, when I search physics, I get many pages entitled
    Quantum
    Nuclear
    Particle
    Medical
    Theoretical
    Plasma
    Applied
    Mathematical
    Health
    ....

    Plus the box "Explore by category"... It seems it's not working very well, maybe it's overloaded. But it's still remarquable.
     
  11. Jul 28, 2008 #10

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    They're getting hammered pretty hard now, and are adding server capacity. It will probably improve with extra time and capacity. I tried them early this morning - no dice. Now you get some hits, but it's really slow.
     
  12. Jul 28, 2008 #11

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    The results from google seem better, to me, especially the topics suggested at the bottom. (but I am not a physicist and you are :smile:) I can't get to page 2 on the cuil search, it says "physics" not found. Are you able to get to page 2?

    Wow, more than half of what I search on is "not found". I think they were very premature in releasing this. A lot of people are going to try it, not find anything, and never bother going back.

    Example: We didn’t find any results for “mayo clinic”
     
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  13. Jul 28, 2008 #12

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    The search engine is heavily biased to vendors and commercial sites. Try searching "oil" and you'll see a tab for oil paintings. Click that and see what you get. Not real pretty.
     
  14. Jul 28, 2008 #13
    I agree, there is something really wrong going on with their server. I can't get to page two either, and changing browser does not help. Plus the safe search does remove relevant pages. It's a shame...
     
  15. Jul 28, 2008 #14

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    Cuil... how did they come up with that name? I would pronounce that in a very different manner than 'Cool'.

    It's a nice idea though, but they still need to work hard to perfect the technology.
     
  16. Jul 28, 2008 #15
    From the website FAQ (after refreshing 5 times to actually reach the page...)
     
  17. Jul 28, 2008 #16

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    Ok.. and in Gaelic they pronounce Cuil as Cool and not 'Quill'? I can't seem to find a dictionary entry for it.. confusing :confused: (bad marketing)
     
  18. Jul 28, 2008 #17

    Evo

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    Now, if they had just called it "The Salmon of Knowledge" I would probably be more inclined to use it.
     
  19. Jul 28, 2008 #18

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    If they did that, I would try to hickory-smoke it in a maple syrup glaze and bung it up for everybody. :tongue2:
     
  20. Jul 28, 2008 #19
    It has improved already. Either this is just my impression, or the database learns by interaction with users.
     
  21. Jul 28, 2008 #20

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    They've already lost me. I find what I want on google, so I have no reason to use another search engine. It's why I stopped using Alta Vista and Yahoo and several others.
     
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