Friday Apr 25, 2008

Minion at JavaOne

Jeff and I proposed a talk about Minion for this year's JavaOne. We were accepted as an alternate, but we just got word yesterday that we've been given a slot on the program. It's TS-5027: The Minion Search Engine: Search, Text Similarity And Tag Gardening, which is at 10:50 on Wednesday.

Quoting from the abstract:

Minion is a capable full text search engine that provides integrated boolean, relational and proximity querying. Because Minion was developed as a research engine, it is designed to be highly configurable at runtime so that the user can decide which features and capabilities he needs for a particular job.
In this talk, we'll provide a quick tour of Minion's features as well as feature and performance comparison of Minion and Lucene, a popular open source search engine. We'll show you how to use Minion's API to define what your documents are and how to perform indexing and querying on those documents. We'll use the task of tag gardening to show you how to use the API to perform document similarity and classification operations as well as word sense disambiguation.

People who like the Aura talk also liked the Minion talk! (That's a recommender joke!)

<crickets>

OK. Anyways, if you do come to the talk, please stop by and say hello!

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This is Stephen Green's blog. It's about the theory and practice of text search engines, with occasional forays into recommendation and other technologies that can use a good text search engine. Steve is the PI of the Information Retrieval and Machine Learning project in Oracle Labs.

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