Bing Search Quality Insights: Building a State-of-the-Art Speller

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Is it Swarzinegar, Swarneger, Scwarznagger or Schwartiznegar? These are just a few of more than 2,000 different ways users on Bing have typed their queries in hope of searching for “Schwarzenegger.” The aim of the Bing Speller is to correct these queries so users receive relevant web results that match their intent even when their query is misspelt. A great speller makes a search engine feel like magic to the…

Search Quality Insights: Behind the Bing It On Challenge

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As I mentioned in my original post there has never been a more exciting or challenging time to be in the search space. The core to a great search engine has been and will always remain the same: delivering relevant, comprehensive and unbiased results that people can trust. We use thousands of signals from queries to documents and user feedback to determine the best search results and in turn make…

Bing Search Quality Insights: Friends and Experts

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  The foundation of web search has been built on keywords, links and clicks pointing to pages. This approach is great for finding web sites but search is more than about simply finding pages. With the help of social networks, people are able to share nearly everything they do in digital form and offer their opinions on almost every conceivable topic. From real-time streams to social conversations, connections are created…

Search Quality Insights: Scientific Research Contributions (I)

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Researchers and engineers in Microsoft Research (MSR) and Bing R&D have been working closely together and have made significant contributions to the science of search. These contributions often start as basic research ideas published as scientific articles in international conferences and journals. These articles are reviewed by search experts from industry and academic institutions around the world, and only those that significantly advance the state of the art are accepted…

Start Doing More Now: Try the New Bing Today

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Last week at the Search Summit in San Francisco, we showcased a brand new way to search that is designed to help you interact with friends and take action without compromising the core search experience. Starting today, people in the United States can give it a try at www.bing.com/new. Since most of you weren’t able to attend the summit, Qi Lu, Harry Shum and I shot a short video where…

Introducing the New Bing: Spend Less Time Searching, More Time Doing

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In 2009, we launched Bing with a simple proposition: people should expect more from a search engine. Our aim has always been to help you do more with search, and over the past three years we have made exciting strides to realize that vision. Today we are taking a big step forward as we begin rolling out what is the most significant update to Bing since we launched three years…

Introducing Bing Search Quality Insights

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Dr. Harry Shum, Corporate Vice President, Bing R&D I’ve been working in search at Microsoft for the last seven years and there has never been a more fascinating or challenging time to be in the search space. Today, search spans the entire spectrum of computer science from distributed systems and machine learning to natural language understanding and user experience design. The graph theory we learned in graduate school 20 years…

Bing Search Quality Insights: Whole Page Relevance

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Dr. Jan Pedersen, Chief Scientist for Core Search at Bing If you compared the results you see with Bing today with those of our search product five years ago, at first glance they might seem similar – ten blue links presented with text summaries. However, if you look closer you would see some important differences. The first thing you would notice is that many of the queries you perform today…

Thoughts on search quality

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This morning, I will be on a panel at the Farsight Summit with some of the industry’s thought leaders to talk about search quality as we look into the future of search. Farsight is about looking 10 years into the future to explore the big industry challenges and opportunities ahead of us as we work to deliver the next generation of search. We woke up to an interesting (and interestingly…

Bing and Big Think present Farsight 2011: “Beyond the Search Box” Event and Webcast

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In the past ten years, search has transformed the way we experience the web even as the web itself has changed.  New user interfaces, mobile devices, and interactive services are evolving beyond text pages intertwining the ‘web’ into all aspects of our lives and thus we expect to be able to do more online with less friction.   Along with the innovation has come an explosion of information and services that…