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Facets and Similarity - Exploring the Meta-Informational Hyperspace
This talk will feature some of my recent research into the alternative uses for Solr facets and facet metadata. I will develop the idea that facets can be used to discover similarities between items and attributes in a search index, and show some interesting applications of this idea. A common takeaway is that using facets and facet metadata in non-conventional ways enables the semantic context of a query to be automatically tuned. This has important implications for user-centric and semantically focused relevance. From the speaker, Ted Sullivan: For the past 15 or so years now I have been building search applications, first with Verity K2 for a project with a publishing company H.W. Wilson, then with most of the vendor products in the search space, Ultraseek, Fast, Autonomy, Endeca, Vivissimo, MarkLogic and Exalead. I watched Lucene grow and develop from an interesting little search engine to a major force in the search technology business. Before that, I was building collaborative battlefield planning applications for the U.S. Army and before that I was working on Internet stuff back in the dawn of the Web (well almost - 1994). I have been programming in Java since 1995 and professionally since 1996 or so. I was learning JavaScript when Netscape was still developing it, but only recently have begun to truly understand its power! John Resig and Bear Bibeault's book "Secrets of the JavaScript Ninja" is a must read for anyone that wants to follow this path. Currently, I am struggling up the AngularJS learning curve. Currently, I am enjoying becoming part of the Open Source Revolution working at Lucidworks. Back in 1995 when Linux came out, I had a bet with my boss Jim Spatz about its future - I'm happy to say now that I lost that bet. I would aspire to be an Open Source evangelist but there are enough of those already. I'll settle for Solr Evangelist.

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