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Comment: Re:amazon vs. Google (Score 1) 152

by Brainix (#29771843) Attached to: Google Takes On Amazon With Own E-Book Store

SIP is a fun feature, but I think it has the potential to be more. I agree, it's "nothing more" than simple collocations, but I'm not sure how that's a critique. In the end, all software boils down to simple assembly instructions, nonetheless the magic emerges.

For further commentary, see this blog post. SIP is just simple collocations, but that's exactly what makes it so appealing. It's moving indexing and search in a more semantic direction, but in a way that's reasonable to design and implement.

This is probably premature, but I've even heard some pundits compare SIP to PageRank.

Comment: Re:amazon vs. Google (Score 4, Interesting) 152

by Brainix (#29769617) Attached to: Google Takes On Amazon With Own E-Book Store
Amazon has done some interesting research and development lately. In particular, look at Amazon's EC2 cloud computing platform, as well as Amazon's statistically improbable phrases (SIP) algorithm. I have a fetish for natural language parsing, so SIP is particularly interesting to me. These are innovations.

Theory is gray, but the golden tree of life is green. -- Goethe