February 26, 2014 · 6:00 PM
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Presentations and discussions on Lucene/Solr, the Apache Open Source Search Engine/Platform -- hosted by Comcast at their offices, 1110 Vermont Ave, NW, Washington, DC.
"Advanced Query Parsing Techniques" Aruna Kumar Pamulapati, Search Technologies
Apache Lucene, Apache Solr, and vendor products based on these applications provide a number of options for query parsing. They are valuable tools for creating powerful search applications. This presentation will review the role that advanced query parsing can play in building systems including: relevancy customization, taking input from user interface variables, such as the position on a website or geographical indicators, which sources are to be searched, and third party data sources. Query parsing can also enhance data security. Best practices for building and maintaining complex query parsing rules will be discussed and illustrated.
"Test Driven Relevancy--How to Work with Content Experts to Optimize and Maintain Search Relevancy" Doug Turnbull, Search and Big Data Architect, OpenSource Connections
Getting good search results is hard; maintaining good relevancy is even harder. Fixing one problem can easily create many others. Without good tools to measure the impact of relevancy changes, there's no way to know if the "fix" that you've developed will cause relevancy problems with other queries. Ideally, much like we have unit tests for code to detect when bugs are introduced, we would like to create ways to measure changes in relevancy. This is exactly what we've done at OpenSource Connections. We've developed a series of tools and practices that allow us to work with content experts to define metrics for search quality. Once defined, we can instantly measure the impact of modifying out relevancy strategy, allowing us to iterate quickly on very difficult relevancy problems. Get an in depth look at the tools we utilize when we not only need to solve a relevancy problem, we need to make sure it stays solved over the product's life.
Presentations on Apache Solr/Lucene will be followed by community member discussions. Then we'll hang out and socialize with food and beverages courtesy of our sponsors from Search Technologies.
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