IBM has come up with a search engine that it claims combines a regular search engine with the results of a human generated index.
Dubbed Clever - which stands for client-side, eigenvector-based retrieval - the search engine knows how to filter documents on the Internet by synthesising the information on hyperlinks to the context in each page.
Clever works by sorting data into pages that are cited by many other documents on that subject, and "hubs," which are sites that have many links to those authorities, explained a spokesperson for IBM. In other words the engine basically analyses and ranks frequently cited pages via importance. The hubs are finally ranked on the number of links they have to those authorities.
The idea behind Clever is that you get a machine approximating a human process of sorting through data that works much faster, explained a spokesperson for IBM.
IBM is currently negotiating with a number of search engine companies and deals could be announced before the end of the year, according to industry sources.
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