Test Driven Relevancy-How to Work w/Content Experts to Optimize Search Relevancy

Presented by Doug TurnbullOpen Source 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 our 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.

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  • Roy P.

    Interesting topic, and some great insights into the needs of communication and the development of "requirements" even if developed in an iterative and ad hoc manner (meaning: even when the client is unable to articulate what they want--and not necessarily due to any fault of their own.)

    1 · September 11

  • Rocio D.

    Are you going to record this session?

    September 10

  • Shun "David" S.

    You guys do really mean September 10th, 2014?

    December 3, 2013

    • Carlos V.

      Yes, I like to plan ahead. :)

      December 3, 2013

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