Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

AI Seminar

Anatomy of a Functional Search Engine for Apps

Eric Glover

Friday, September 16, 2011
4:00pm - 5:30pm
1200 EECS

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About the Event

This talk will present the new concept of “functional application search” by defining the problem, describing the unique challenges as compared to web and other large-scale search systems, and present an architecture of a large-scale commercial application (Quixey) that answers “functional queries” for applications. First, by comparing commercial web search to functional application search by analyzing aspects of the information needs, the types of data required to address these needs and “relevance”. Given these differences, the talk then focuses on the associated technical (and business) challenges that make the problems fundamentally difficult and different. From these challenges, a general architectural framework is derived; one which is in use at Quixey. The new general-purpose large-scale search architecture can be used to highlight the choices and critical decision points faced by any large commercial search engine, such as how to balance computational time vs data size and feature calculation cost. Last, time permitting, live demonstrations will be presented of Quixey – a functional search engine for apps.

Additional Information

Sponsor(s): CSE

Open to: Public