Google search has Hakia competition

20 Oct

Hakia is a search engine with meaning. For 2 years nows Hakia has been providing search results based on meaning-match, or semantics, as opposed to Google’s popularity of search terms or keyword matches.

The company has spent millions and built two trademarked tools, QDEX (Query Detection and Extraction) and SemanticRank Algorithm, which use fuzzy logic, computational linguistics and math to allow the engine to perform these semantic analyses of Web pages and arrive at meaning-based search results.

For example, Hakia claims it can bring results using equivalent terms. When I entered “running” I got plenty of “running” results, plus some “walking” entries. Debatable how consistently relevant the equivalent terms are.

But there’s something I like better. For short queries, like a word or two, Hakia categorizes your results into Web, Galleries, Credible sources, Pubmed, News, Blogs, Twitter, Wikipedia, Images, and Videos.

You would have to run as many individual searches in traditional indexing search to arrive at such a volume of categorized results. So it’s not just different, it’s faster.

The knock on Hakia, ironically, is that it’s slow. But since it’s doing ten times the searches of a normal query in Google, the speed is actually relative.

Here’s a blog from Hakia’s own site which goes into the differentiating details.

Give it a go here. It’s a cool engine.

If only the name “Hakia” lent itself more readily to being a verb.

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5 Responses to “Google search has Hakia competition”

  1. Amy October 20, 2010 at 6:28 am #

    Whatever happened to Wolfram Alpha? That was supposed to knock the socks off of Google, but it didn’t seem to go anywhere.
    Hakia looks very promising. But the fact that it’s been around for two years and I haven’t heard of it is telling (I’m just and average person not a web geek or anything). People don’t use Google because it’s the best, they use it because it’s everywhere. It’s a shame, really.

  2. dougbrowncreative October 20, 2010 at 8:30 am #

    Contant change can be a drag and we gravitate towards those things that are familiar and easy. Try it out for a day Amy and let me know how it works for you. It takes a bit of mental adjustment because we are so google-programmed now. But the categorizing is neat.

  3. asmaamethqal October 20, 2010 at 2:59 pm #

    Personally, I miss altavista. It helped me so much during my master years..

    It is interesting to see nowadays other search engines trying to beat Google and be ahead of the curve with their innovative ways, ideas and experiments in new searches.

    Google has been working on semantic web for a while and they have acquired ambitious startups such as Metaweb Technologies: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TJfrNo3Z-DU&feature=player_embed

    Until Google integrates semantic web, we can still play with other search engines that offer us valuable results. But, I do believe that Google is here to stay for a long time in the future. We use it because it’s easy, it’s innovative and of course, it is everywhere…

    The bids will start once Facebook confirms the launch of their own search engines.. [To be continued]

  4. dougbrowncreative October 20, 2010 at 3:17 pm #

    That was a very interesting video Asmaa, thank you. I wonder what Google will do with this entity mapping, when really it has been created as an anti-Google strategy in the first place. Talk about a culture shift. Nice one!

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