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World Wide Web Search Engines

World Wide Web Search Engines
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Author(s): Wen-Chen Hu (University of North Dakota, USA) and Jyh-Haw Yeh (Boise State University, USA)
Copyright: 2003
Pages: 15
Source title: Architectural Issues of Web-Enabled Electronic Business
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): V.K. Murthy (University of New South Wales at Australian Defence Force Academy, Australia) and Nansi Shi (University of South Australia, Australia)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-049-3.ch010


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The World Wide Web now holds more than 800 million pages covering almost all issues. The Web’s fast growing size and lack of structural style present a new challenge for information retrieval. Numerous search technologies have been applied to Web search engines; however, the dominant search method has yet to be identified. This chapter provides an overview of the existing technologies for Web search engines and classifies them into six categories: 1) hyperlink exploration, 2) information retrieval, 3) metasearches, 4) SQL approaches, 5) content-based multimedia searches, and 6) others. At the end of this chapter, a comparative study of major commercial and experimental search engines is presented, and some future research directions for Web search engines are suggested.

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