Janez Cergolj (2010) Search Engine for hierarchical catalogue of craftsmen. EngD thesis.
Internet and web services are capable of providing vast amounts of information and offer efficient search over it. A number of more or less specialized search engines have evolved over time for this purpose. The web page www.najdiobrtnika.si was developed about a year ago. Its objective is to gather as much craftsmen as possible and present information on them. The basic goal of the page is to provide a user friendly search engine, designed to search for these craftsmen. On the other hand, only storing and deploying information is not enough. User experience has become more important than ever: the information should be presented clearly and access to it should be simple and intuitive. Our goal is to improve the user experience on this web page, in particular the craftsmen search engine regarding to user's search queries. We record and evaluate search queries in a log. We use the log to assist in further users' searches by suggesting similar search queries. Besides suggesting related search queries, we provide relevant subcategories which are most common within the results of the given query. We also attempt to provide automatic search for search query synonyms with the use of Slovene wordnet. The main idea was to append synonyms to user's original search query of user and use it altogether as key words for searching.
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