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Quintura Search December 2, 2007

Posted by Andre Vellino in Collaborative filtering.

Richard pointed me (again) to something of interest. Yet-another-search-engine Quintura tries to help the user visualize the search space and refine the search results. Quintura appears to combine unsupervised categorization + keyphrase extraction + the tag-cloud paradigm to suggest possible query refinements. Previews of result-sets appear when you mouse-over the tags, you can save your search states and share them with others.

It’s all a bit unusual, but that’s what makes it interesting, if flawed. The company background is unusual too. The keyphrases are: small startup, Russian, neural networks, psychology Ph.D. students in Moscow.

We’re not quite there yet, IMO, but it’s good to see that not all hope has been lost on breaking the now all too familiar mold of the search-box + linear list of results.


1. lemire - December 3, 2007

I agree with you that it is quite interesting. Thanks for this link.

I disagree that they use a tag cloud. Unless their widget is broken in my browser? Anyhow, I see all terms with the same font size.

Clusty cloud was a lot closer to the tag-cloud search engine:


(Alas, clusty cloud is now pretty much broken.)

2. Quintura: a cloud-based search engine - December 3, 2007

[…] points us to Quintura, yet another search engine to help us find related terms to drill-down on the result […]

3. Yakov - December 3, 2007

Quintura has been named the Search Engine of The Year by AltSearchEngines.com on http://altsearchengines.com/2007/12/03/the-alternative-search-engine-of-the-year/

4. Andre Vellino - December 3, 2007

When I search for “science” I get “SCIENCE” in larger and red font then Education and News in bold, slightly smaller font, and then Earth, Ideas, Business etc. in non-bold smallest font.

Maybe you’re not seeing this Daniel because you use Camino for Mac.

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