Yahoo! patents Human-Enhanced Search Engine

Yahoo! is awarded a U.S. patent 7,599,911 for “Method and apparatus for search ranking using human input and automated ranking”. The patent was filed in 2002. Essentially, this method calculates search rankings based on both automated search algorithms and human editor input. In the patent, Yahoo describes a way that previously-collected input from human editors can be […]

Yahoo! is awarded a U.S. patent 7,599,911 for “Method and apparatus for search ranking using human input and automated ranking”. The patent was filed in 2002. Essentially, this method calculates search rankings based on both automated search algorithms and human editor input. In the patent, Yahoo describes a way that previously-collected input from human editors can be mixed in, or “blended”, with what its search algorithms return, resulting in better search results. Yahoo describes the benefits and drawbacks of human editors: “Ranking by human editors reviewing search results provides more relevant ranking than automated processes and even search users, because human editors possess better intelligence than the best software and more clearly understand distinctions in pages, and human editors focus on areas of their expertise.”

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