The new Ask Jeeves UK director of strategy Myles Runham confirmed plans to expand to European mainlands:
Ask Jeeves was planning to develop a more international presence and is looking to Europe either for acquisitions or partnerships - or a combination of both, while a recruitment drive will focus on R&D and sales and marketing to develop and market new search products for the UK and Europe.
In the wake of search merger activity this summer, Ask suggested it would pursue potential acquisitions, with Ask UK CEO Adrian Cox mooting a buy by the summer of next year, though he hinted that the PPC sector was unlikely to prove a potential hunting ground. Still, PPC firm Mirago remains unattached and has a presence in Germany, suggesting itself as a possible target.
I saw a new story [sfgate.com] about Russia that mentioned an overseas tech placement firm named Xim that did work for Jeeves. This is what Xim says [ximxim.com] on their website about their work for Ask Jeeves.
XIM developed NLQCT, a “Natural Language Questions Clustering Tool” for AskJeeves, Inc. State-of-the-art technology used in this software is based on semantic analysis of documents that uses Bayesian algorithm and elements of neural network computing.
This means the software can be quickly adapted to any language, as the technology deals with concepts rather than with the words that are used to describe these concepts. Adaptation of the software to a new language requires a relatively limited amount of work. Then the system learns automatically during the 'training' phase...
The part about adapting to new languages is interesting. It seems to imply that they have the ability to do a rapid rollout in any language.
Jeeves' has been talking about partnering with or buying a non-English language European PPC/Search entity. Mirago has been mentioned.
What is "elements of neural network computing?"
[edited by: martinibuster at 10:01 pm (utc) on Dec. 10, 2003]
I would like to see XIM technologies in practise, as it is extremely complicated what they are implying to actually achieve.
conceptual matching technique's is one thing, deep symantic analysis beyond words, but more the rules of syntax, structure and implication of meaning that can cross language's is an entirely different ball game!
Also to what aim, are they trying to get to with this tech, i don't see very clearly - are we talking about a talking search engine that can converse openly about the contents of the internet in all its tongue's and culture's?