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Wednesday, October 17 • 3:05pm - 3:45pm
The Neural Search Frontier

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Is search the next industry to be revolutionized by deep learning? Lately, researchers have been applying neural networks to search applications with impressive gains. Search users use different language than what's contained in the corpus. For example, doctors create articles discussing jargon like 'myocardial infarction' but patients search use lay-terms like 'heart attack.' Mapping vocabularies using expert created taxonomies or word embeddings (word2vec, LDA, etc) can help. Manual approaches can take a great amount of work, or don't map between searcher and document vocabulary. When clear associations between relevant documents and queries can be made, neural search can learn the patterns between query and document language embeddings, with tremendous gains on text search. Such embeddings can also be used to provide alternative representations of the user queries in order to better capture the user intents.

Join Doug Turnbull, author of 'Relevant Search', as we explore this promising frontier. Is it a silver bullet? What are the pros and cons? And how can it fit into your search infrastructure using Solr, Elasticsearch, or Lucene?

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Doug Turnbull

Chief Technical Officer, OpenSource Connections
Search relevance consultant. Author of Relevant Search. Doug crafts search/recommendation solutions that “get” users. To do this, Doug uses Solr, sprinkling a little natural language processing and machine learning on top for good measure. Through writing and speaking Doug wants... Read More →


Wednesday October 17, 2018 3:05pm - 3:45pm EDT
Salon 4&5