Saturday, March 12, 2005


Transparansee has a new Discovery Search search engine. Looks interesting.

Example: Online Dating

Profiles on online dating sites are defined by many categories: height, weight, interests, occupation, age, location, and more.

Most dating sites only allow users to search across a very small number of categories such as gender, age and location. This is because a more detailed search would be
unlikely to return many results.

Transparensee allows users to drill as deeply as they like into a dataset. A request for a blonde, blue-eyed, 5’6, 30 year-old living at 53rd and 3rd might not return any perfect matches, but the Discovery Search Engine can still show users the ten, hundred, or even thousand best matches in the system.

When a user’s profile is viewed, Transparensee can display the ten, twenty, or fifty most similar profiles in the system. If you like the user you’re viewing, you’re likely to like the others you’ll be shown.

Once you see other users who are similar to the one you’re looking at you can browse them and, if one strikes your fancy, click on one to see their profile. You would, of course, then be shown a list of profiles most similar to this new profile, and you could use this information to browse on and select yet another profile. In this way the Discovery Search Engine gives users a better way to browse through and traverse the data in a system in a way that constantly shows them new results and is highly intuitive.

If, while viewing a user profile, a user types in a keyword such as “mountain climbing”, the Discovery Search Engine will display the profiles of users most similar to the one presently being viewed who also use the words “mountain climbing” in the essay they’ve written about themselves.

If a company wants to show off certain profiles more than others, they can give those profiles a “push” so that they’re more likely to show up in search results than they would otherwise be. This ensures that the most interesting profiles will tend to be viewed more frequently than they otherwise would.

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