Friday Jun 02, 2006

Searching for........

We then popped into see two search projects. I saw the display of the Search inside the Music project, which is currently focusing on two areas: using acoustic similarity to help people find music that 'sounds similar' to music that they already like, and using social data to recommend and organize music based upon the listening habits of people with similar musical tastes. Some deeply interesting science (how do you define music as sounds alike?), plus leveraging a "wisdom of crowds (or networks). The 3D screen display is pretty cute too. (I need to have another look! )

I actually spent my time here talking to Steve Green, whose blog I occasionally read, but always with interest. He was demonstrating some technology from the Advanced Search Tecnologies project. The web page states that the mission of the Advanced Search Technologies project is to improve the ability of people to find and organize information in an enterprise setting and that the group is responsible for the Sun Labs Search Enginewhich ships as part of the Sun Java System Portal Server and Web Server. The demo showed a tool called the blurbalyzer which recommends (or sorts and groups) books based upon similarities in the book's published 'blurbs'. It's amazing the complexity of problem hidden in the single word, in this case "similarity".

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