June 1, 2005
Yahoo's Mindset Search Engine
Pandia Search Central is reporting that "Yahoo! is testing a new version of its search engine technology, that tries to tackle the problem of dividing searches looking to buy products from searchers looking for information only."
"The Yahoo! Mindset search site attempts to classify all pages in the top 100 search results according to their degree of "shoppingness" or "researchness".
To the search engine result page Mindset adds a slider, that lets you sort search results for your query into commercial or non-commercial results. Pull the slider to the left and you get more shopping sites, pull the slider to the right and you get more informational sites.
Set the slider in midpoint position and the Mindset search engine will give you results similar to the ones found in the regular Yahoo! search engine. However, regardless of where you set the slider, Mindset will show you the regular ranking in parenthesis beside the listing.
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