Search without linguistics – search without sense

Search technology has come a long way since the early days of web search. Open source implementations of indexing algorithms and platform distribution are getting better and better and have already reached a level of excellence that makes them suitable for almost any retrieval application – from enterprise document search to web research engines. Consequently, more and more businesses turn to consultancy companies for custom-made search applications based on their specific content and goals.

Thus, all companies use an adequate search experience that fits both the data and the users perfectly. Or do they? The actual user experience with these search engines is hardly better than the standard from the 1990s and early 2000s. How is that possible?

The answer lies in a misunderstanding about what a search engine as such is capable of and supposed to be doing. This document explains some of the core technologies that can help build a better search experience.

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