Facets and Similarity - Exploring the Meta-Informational Hyperspace
Ted Sullivan • Back to Haystack 2018
This talk will feature some of my recent research into the alternative uses for Solr facets and facet metadata. I will develop the idea that facets can be used to discover similarities between items and attributes in a search index, and show some interesting applications of this idea. A common takeaway is that using facets and facet metadata in non-conventional ways enables the semantic context of a query to be automatically tuned. This has important implications for user-centric and semantically focused relevance.View the Slides
Before my work in the web with my friend Jim Spatz at Spatz Computer Graphics, I published some Math games for kids on the original Mac OS, and before that, I did science - Auditory Neuroscience to be more precise. I studied the auditory system of 'fly-by-night' critters, bats and owls first at Washington University in St Louis, then at Caltech and Princeton.
For the past 4 years, I have been a Senior Solutions Architect at Lucidworks where I have been able to continue the ever fascinating quest for the killer search application.