Researchers at the Helsinki Institute for Information Technology believe they have developed technology that will make Web searches more efficient.
The new search engine is designed to show related keywords and topics to help those who do not know exactly what they are looking for or how to formulate a query to find it.
The SciNet search engine features a topic radar to display the range of keywords and topics, and how they are related to each other. The relevance is tied to its distance from the center point of the radar, with the most related being closest to the center. Users would indicate what information is most useful by moving the words around the keyword cloud. The search engine also provides alternatives that are connected to the topic but which the user might not have thought of querying.
"It's easier for people to recognize what information they want from the options offered by the SciNet search engine than it is to type it themselves," says project coordinator Tuukka Ruotsalo.
From Aalto University
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