It has semantic capabilities. http://www.cuil.com/.
It works in an odd manner. Searching for vague terms such as "physics" "mathematics" or "science" yields 0 hits.
meh, still sticking with google
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).
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”
Unlike google, if you mispell a word, it doesn't suggest alternatives, it gives you nothing.
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.
Can explain what you mean by semantic capabilities as it relates to a search engine? What is the perceived benefit?
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.
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
For instance, when I search http://www.cuil.com/search?q=physics, I get many pages entitled
Plus the box "Explore by category"... It seems it's not working very well, maybe it's overloaded. But it's still remarquable.
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.
The results from google seem better, to me, especially the topics suggested at the bottom. (but I am not a physicist and you are ) 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”
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.
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...
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.
From the website FAQ (after refreshing 5 times to actually reach the page...)
Ok.. and in Gaelic they pronounce Cuil as Cool and not 'Quill'? I can't seem to find a dictionary entry for it.. confusing (bad marketing)
Now, if they had just called it "The Salmon of Knowledge" I would probably be more inclined to use it.
If they did that, I would try to hickory-smoke it in a maple syrup glaze and bung it up for everybody. :tongue2:
It has improved already. Either this is just my impression, or the database learns by interaction with users.
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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