Next up for Google (or competitor): sound-alike "did you mean..."?

Discussion in 'NZ Computing' started by Steve B, Mar 8, 2006.

  1. Steve B

    Steve B Guest

    "The doctors on the scene didn't recognise the symptoms, because the
    jellyfish doesn't usually come this far south. But they got on to a
    specialist in Queensland and he identified it as Eric Mandy syndrome."
    Sky News interview this morning.

    Google: "box jellyifish" "Eric Mandy" and I think I should have got:

    "Did you mean: 'box jellyfish' Irukandji'?"

    But it gave nothing.

    I found that one without much difficulty by scounting around articles
    on box jellyfish. But other mishearings have completely stumped Google
    and I've been unable to find what was meant.

    How feasible would it be to attach a capability like SoundEx
    www.creativyst.com/Doc/Articles/SoundEx1/SoundEx1.htm

    to Google or other major search engine? Surely there would be a demand
    for it. Could be a good selling point for a rival engine.

    Steve B.
    Steve B, Mar 8, 2006
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  2. In article <>, Steve B <> wrote:
    >"The doctors on the scene didn't recognise the symptoms, because the
    >jellyfish doesn't usually come this far south. But they got on to a
    >specialist in Queensland and he identified it as Eric Mandy syndrome."
    > Sky News interview this morning.
    >
    >Google: "box jellyifish" "Eric Mandy" and I think I should have got:
    >
    >"Did you mean: 'box jellyfish' Irukandji'?"
    >
    >But it gave nothing.
    >
    >I found that one without much difficulty by scounting around articles
    >on box jellyfish. But other mishearings have completely stumped Google
    >and I've been unable to find what was meant.
    >
    >How feasible would it be to attach a capability like SoundEx
    > www.creativyst.com/Doc/Articles/SoundEx1/SoundEx1.htm
    >
    >to Google or other major search engine? Surely there would be a demand
    >for it. Could be a good selling point for a rival engine.


    "Sound alike" for who ? Which languages/dialects/accents ? That whole area
    sounds ( :) ) fraught with hassles to me :)


    Bruce

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    Bruce Sinclair, Mar 9, 2006
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