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Re: OT: Vector based search engine

by Ryszard (Priest)
on May 18, 2004 at 06:31 UTC ( #354187=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to OT: Vector based search engine

After looking at various algorithms and what not, I've settled on a (sigh) ready made solution, swish-e.

Its pretty cool, and while written in c, has a perl API which is quite nice. Its extremely fast for filesystem index scans and terribly slow for web spidering (not surprising really), (props tachyon).

My site is a dynamic photo album site, not static html pages. As the content I want to index is stored on the FS, the scan takes less than a second (as opposed to 33hrs spidering) with swish-e.

I've learned (not heaps) but a little more about search engine's, and know a bit more about the different algorithms and the advantages/disadvantages of them.

Again, unfort, the Vector Space alorithm referenced above did not meet my needs, with completely irrelevant results, YMMV. I've not delved into the nitty gritty of how/why, but its on my list of things to do.

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