Yahoo! Mindset

You know how you try to do some research on the Web, and when you type in a term on your favorite search engine, you get a ton of links related to buying stuff? Bleh.

Totally randomly, I stumbled across Yahoo! Mindset, a demo from Yahoo Research Labs. It uses machine learning applied to the problem of text classification.

Check it out:

Notice how each search term has a little colored bar that tells you if the link is considered more shopping oriented, or research oriented. And you can twiddle the slider to re-rank the results, without a page reload. Sweet.

There’s a FAQ too.

Yahoo! Mindset

Gaining Ground?

I think that Yahoo is definitely gaining ground or maybe has already surpassed Google. Consider this example: Google lists 1 other website on the entire web that links to me. Yahoo lists 422. There’s a link in the Yahoo results that points to a comment I made on another blog just a couple of days ago. Yahoo’s index seems to just be much deeper and more frequently updated.

The (not so) Daily Me

Gaining Ground?