Is Search Broken?

Last night, I had the privilege of speaking to fellow CMU School of Computer Science alumni at Fidelity’s Center for Advanced Technology in Boston. Dean Randy Bryant, Associate Director of Corporate Relations Dan Jenkins, and Director of Alumni Relations Tina Carr, organized the event, and they encouraged me to pick a provocative subject.

Thus encouraged, I decided to ask the question: Is Search Broken?

Slides are here as a PowerPoint show for anyone interested, or use the embedded SlideShare show below.

By Daniel Tunkelang

High-Class Consultant.

2 replies on “Is Search Broken?”

[…] As Chief Scientist of Endeca, I spend a lot of my time explaining to people why they should not be satisfied with an information seekin interface that only offers them keyword search as an input mechanism and a ranked list of results as output. I tell them about query clarification dialogs, faceted navigation, and set analysis. More broadly, I evangelize exploratory search and human computer information retrieval as critical to addressing the inherent weakness of conventional ranked retrieval. If you haven’t heard me expound on the subject, feel free to check out this slide show on Is Search Broken?. […]


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