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Wednesday, November 19 • 10:40am - 11:30am
“Your Search Doesn’t Work.” - How to Find Out Whether or Not the Search Box You Offer Users is Helping - Isabel Drost-Fromm, Elasticsearch

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Web sites without search functionality are unimaginable today - you search for comments and code on github, you look for books in your favourite webshop, you use the search box of your favourite blog to find articles.

When offering your search for your own application - how do you know that your search actually provides a benefit to the user instead of causing lots of frustration over results not found? Only checking that the favourite book about witches of your child is ranked top of all children books clearly doesn’t help.

This talk will walk you through the options of determining search quality - from purely offline metrics that work even before deploying version 1.0 to production to online A/B testing to check continuous improvement. I will highlight some Lucene and Elasticsearch features that can tremendously help you deploy your own search quality checks.

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Isabel Drost-Fromm

Open Source Strategist, Europace AG
Isabel Drost-Fromm is Open Source Strategist at Europace AG Germany. She's a member of the Apache Software Foundation, co-founder of Apache Mahout and mentored several incubating projects. Isabel is interested in all things FOSS, search and text mining with a decent machine learning... Read More →

Wednesday November 19, 2014 10:40am - 11:30am CET

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