The ideas of an 18th century mathematician and cleric are being applied to a technology that delivers live Internet links to information, onto the desktop, without the need for fruitless Web searches.
Autonomy has applied probability theories, based on the work of Presbyterian minister Thomas Bayes and information theory, to develop a much stronger type of search algorithm. This technology works by extracting key ideas from the pattern and frequency of words rather than the key words used by conventional search engines.
The technology, called Activeknowledge, will be incorporated into Autonomy's Knowledge Management Suite, available this spring.
The idea is that as an employee creates a document, email or Powerpoint presentation, Activeknowledge does the research for them - bringing live feeds direct to their screen and prompting them with relevant information. The links may include news articles from news feeds or websites, email messages or files saved on the corporate intranet.
According to Autonomy chief executive, Mike Lynch, online research is often a separate preparatory activity which can take up too much of an employee's valuable time.
"Other knowledge management systems rely on outdated, less than accurate keyword based technologies or tagging systems that require lots of manual labour to maintain," he said.
The Knowledge Management Suite includes a Knowledge Server, which automates the categorisation and hyperlinking of large volumes of information and profiles employee expertise.
Lynch claimed that the network load imposed by the software is light, because a client engine is only sending back short bursts of data containing the probability information.
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