homepage Welcome to WebmasterWorld Guest from
register, free tools, login, search, pro membership, help, library, announcements, recent posts, open posts,
Become a Pro Member

Home / Forums Index / Search Engines / Alternative Search Engines
Forum Library, Charter, Moderators: bakedjake

Alternative Search Engines Forum

Semantic Search Wikipedia With Powerset

WebmasterWorld Administrator engine us a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member Top Contributors Of The Month Best Post Of The Month

Msg#: 3647797 posted 11:47 am on May 12, 2008 (gmt 0)

Powerset on Sunday unveiled tools for searching Wikipedia that use conversational phrasing instead of keywords, marking the first step of its challenge to established Web search services such as Google.

Powerset's technology breaks down the meaning of words and sentences into related concepts, freeing users from always needing to type the exact words they want to find.

The closely watched Silicon Valley start-up is offering a way of searching millions of entries in Wikipedia's online encyclopedia, helping users find detailed answers to questions rather than isolated links that require further research.

Search Wikipedia With Powerset [uk.reuters.com]




WebmasterWorld Senior Member 10+ Year Member

Msg#: 3647797 posted 2:05 pm on May 12, 2008 (gmt 0)

Looks good, did some searches and it gave me good results, don't know if better that google :)


5+ Year Member

Msg#: 3647797 posted 2:53 pm on May 12, 2008 (gmt 0)

interesting...but not sure that it's a G killer just yet.
I started easy and typed geographical query, asking for a capital of some country ( a la " What is capital of Widgetland?") - it gave correct answer, but so did same query on G.

I then asked 'How fast is (certain car make and model)?' and got mostly irrelavent results back - most of them weren't even about right car model. I was hoping result would be a number such as 'top speed is xyz mph' or something similar...It definitely did not get a meaning of speed and make a 'connection' between 'how fast' and 'speed'. For the same query G did not get the answer back either, but seemed to have more focused results....

[edited by: Tastatura at 2:53 pm (utc) on May 12, 2008]

Receptional Andy

Msg#: 3647797 posted 3:13 pm on May 12, 2008 (gmt 0)

IMO this has always been a good concept, but with less than satisfying implementations. Another startup trying similar things (that is worth a test or two) is Hakia.


10+ Year Member

Msg#: 3647797 posted 3:38 am on May 13, 2008 (gmt 0)

No big deal. Google is public. Just buy them up.
Not an issue.

Global Options:
 top home search open messages active posts  

Home / Forums Index / Search Engines / Alternative Search Engines
rss feed

All trademarks and copyrights held by respective owners. Member comments are owned by the poster.
Home ¦ Free Tools ¦ Terms of Service ¦ Privacy Policy ¦ Report Problem ¦ About ¦ Library ¦ Newsletter
WebmasterWorld is a Developer Shed Community owned by Jim Boykin.
© Webmaster World 1996-2014 all rights reserved