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Ask.com Semantic Search Progress

5:42 pm on Jan 9, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Ask posted about its developments in semantic search.
Ask.com Semantic Search Progress [blog.ask.com]

We’re currently trialing our DADS, DAFS, and AnswerFarm technologies with NASCAR-related information, which we chose because the sport generates massive amounts of structured data. And queries about NASCAR continue to grow rapidly – it was one of the most-searched sports on Ask.com in 2008. Our goal is to give consumers answers instantly on the first results page to queries such as “who is the driver of car #60 in NASCAR?”

More importantly, we’re setting out to answer these types of queries regardless of how they’re phrased… something no search engine today can do.

6:09 pm on Jan 9, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Good news - Ask were probably the first SE of any size to take semantic search really seriously; good to see they are going back to their roots!

Shame about Jeeves, though ;)