02 Web Search

BIT 330 Class Notes – September 14, 2009

I. Signing Up for Assignments

  • Login to Wikidot, then return to www.howcanifindit.com
  • Direct your browser to the bottom of the assignment page and click “Edit”
  • Enter your username into the slot you would like in following format
    • [ [*user insert username] ]

II. Twitter Updates

  • Get a twitter account
  • Watch out for assignment update/reminders on Twitter
  • Use Twitter as a resource to send questions to Prof. Scott Moore

III. Search Process

  • Future of Search: Tools for search are constantly being updated
    • Experts used to be the only wielders of information, “the old way”
    • Experts are now You & Me, the world of wikis supports this new era of information
  • Search Tools: search engines interacts with document(s)
    • Process: Query from User > Interacts with Document Set > Output Query Results > Possible Further Interaction between User and Engine
  • Search Engines Technology – almost all search engines are “Default And”
    • General rule, add “more” to end of query to get more broad results
    • Google Spider – Program to constantly search for new information as it is published online, constantly keeping Google on the cutting edge of information awareness online
    • Directory/Meta-Search Engines – Gathers information about websites, does not keep whole website on database
    • Main 3 Engines we will look at: Google, Bing, Ask
  • Search Terms and Operators
    • ~ [tilda]: searches for synonyms
    • “ ”: phrase search
    • –: terms to exclude
    • +: search exactly as is
  • Evaluating a Search Engine’s Performance
    • Query results will have an undefined return of both relevant and irrelevant results
    • All results of a search engine query are the retrieved results
  1. Now there will be some relevant documents that are not returned and some irrelevant articles that will be retrieved
  • Search Experience – How to judge the relevance of a search engine - Important for Exam!
    • Query – automation, variety & usefulness of special queries
    • Results – content, format of results, delivery form
    • Subset of Web – opacity, target, quality of coverage
    • Searchable Information – how frequently is the information updated?
    • Search Engine – quality of search experience, responsiveness
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