Expands AnswerFarm Q&A Database

Continuing its move from being a traditional search engine to an “answer engine,” Ask today has announced that its “AnswerFarm” database has tripled in size, from 100 million Q&A pairs to 300 million.

Ask says they’ve also improved the quality of the Q&A database content:

“Our semantic search technology advancements in clustering, rephrasing, and answer relevance enable us to determine when we have multiple questions that all semantically mean the same thing, so we can aggregate those Q&A pairs, filter out insignificant and less meaningful answer formats, and thus find the most relevant answers.”

Here’s what the Q&A pairs look like in Ask’s search results:


Ask formally rolled out the Q&A pairs from its AnswerFarm database back in October 2008.

Related Topics: Ask: Web Search | Channel: Consumer | Search Engines: Answer Search Engines


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