A processing instruction for robots
wunder at infoseek.com
Thu Dec 9 22:47:53 GMT 1999
At 04:51 PM 12/9/99 -0500, Amanda Xu wrote:
>Do you expect the end-user to understand
>term weighting techniques as well as the
>structure of an XML document?
Certainly not. We're lucky if search engine users
type two-word queries.
>From: Walter Underwood [mailto:wunder at infoseek.com]
>Sent: Thursday, December 09, 1999 3:04 PM
>To: Dongwook Shin
>Cc: 'XML developers' list'
>Subject: Re: A processing instruction for robots
>At 01:41 PM 12/9/99 -0500, Dongwook Shin wrote:
>>Walter Underwood wrote:
>>> Structural markup opens up some really nice possibilities.
>>> An indexer might weight the bibliography less and the
>>> abstract more, for example.
>>If you see XRS (XML retrieval system), you can find that a user
>>can give a bigger weight to an element than to another. This
>>kind of weighting is more flexible than those by indexer.
>>Check XRS Web demonstration system:
>I think you are suggesting that wighting and selection
>should be done at query time instead of at index time.
>That is a design tradeoff for the search engine. But the
>detailed weighting and selection belong *somewhere* in
>the search engine rather than in every single document.
>I can imagine a system where each document had indexing
>hints scattered throughout the structure, but I can't
>imagine anyone having the time or knowledge to do a good
>job with all that markup. We have enough trouble getting
>people to replace "Untitled Document" in the <title> element
>Walter R. Underwood
>Senior Staff Engineer
>GO Network, part of The Walt Disney Company
>wunder at infoseek.com
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