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Lloyd De Jongh
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« on: September 15, 2007, 06:48:49 AM »

Hi all

I have been using a search engine called Hakia which often returns more relevant
than and superior to Google.  I discovered several articles on Pardus that Google had failed to return after several different queries.

The beauty of the engine is that it searches for 'meaning'. As stated on the web
site: "indexing has severe limitations to handle full-scale semantic search".

A query on a set of words on Google returns exact matches on those words.
Hakia will find variations of the words that have the same or similar meaning.

So a sentence that has the word "kill" for example, which has meanings specific to
its context will return queries that include VETO, BLOCKED, TERMINATED and so on
that are relevant to the search. The query may be "what new resolutions has the
house killed?". Words like BILL may be used in the same context of resolution and
thus may be returned, leading to additional relevant documents.

The benefit is that on Google, you would have had to run a query per each word you wanted results on. Here you have one query versus 5 or 6 or more.

I wrote the short .xml script below that you can copy into a text editor, save it into

C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\searchplugins

on Windows as hakia.xml or in

/usr/lib/MozillaFirefox/searchplugins

as hakia.xml to have it be part of Firefox's seach engines in the search bar.
I typically use Scroogle and Hakia nowadays.

The only oddity is that on Pardus the logo doesn't show up, while on XP it does.

Regards

Lloyd


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<SearchPlugin xmlns="http://www.mozilla.org/2006/browser/search/">
<ShortName>Hakia Search</ShortName>
<Description>Search for meaning</Description>
<InputEncoding>utf-8</InputEncoding>
<Image width="16" height="16">data:image/x-icon;base64,http://hakia.com/images/hakialogo.jpg</Image>
<Url type="text/html" method="GET" template="http://hakia.com/search.aspx">
  <Param name="q" value="{searchTerms}"/>
</Url>
<SearchForm>http://www.hakia.com/</SearchForm>
</SearchPlugin>
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« Reply #1 on: September 15, 2007, 15:37:55 PM »

Funny you mention Hakia, just like Pardus it's founder is also Turkish.... Grin

Nice work BTW....
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« Reply #2 on: September 15, 2007, 21:18:45 PM »

Didn't know that! Looks like a nice search engine! Do you also have the icon to use it in Firefox?
I offered them to translate it to dutch.  Grin
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« Reply #3 on: September 15, 2007, 21:44:58 PM »

That search engine gives far more superior results that Google alright, I searched for Pardus and found a whole bunch of links I'd never seen before Cheesy

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« Reply #4 on: September 15, 2007, 21:52:55 PM »

damn nice search engine. maybe can add a icon in same folder as parduswiki has done?
i will use it.......   Cool

Maybe because its a jpg picture, doesnt it need to be a .ico ?
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« Reply #5 on: September 16, 2007, 09:23:31 AM »

Funny you mention Hakia, just like Pardus it's founder is also Turkish.... Grin

Nice work BTW....

Thank you!  So the creator is Turkish? I didn't know that. Small world Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: September 16, 2007, 09:25:34 AM »

That search engine gives far more superior results that Google alright, I searched for Pardus and found a whole bunch of links I'd never seen before Cheesy

//FoamRocket

Hi FoamRocket

It's weird that this engine finds so many articles Google can't find. Since dicovering Hakia some time back I wonder what else I am missing by just using Google.
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« Reply #7 on: September 16, 2007, 09:29:38 AM »

A couple of times now when using the Firefox search bar I've been directed to an error page (the server is down for maintenance) rather than my search. There could be an issue with my tags or XML syntax. My coding is poor at best, so bear with me and perhaps one of you coders can fix the syntax if needed in the hakia.xml file I submitted.

Anyone else had the same problem?
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« Reply #8 on: September 16, 2007, 11:48:59 AM »

Not yet.  I rather like your coding since I can follow it.  I think you did one heck of a good job!   Grin
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« Reply #9 on: September 16, 2007, 16:04:04 PM »

It's here also:

http://mycroft.mozdev.org/download.html?name=hakia&sherlock=&opensearch=&submitform=Search

Smiley

I love it that when one does a search using hakia, you get to hear things like "Wonderful question, hope I have some useful answers for you below." Grin

//FoamRocket
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« Reply #10 on: December 22, 2007, 21:58:10 PM »

About privacy and using Hakia:
http://company.hakia.com/privacy.html

Have you already downloaded "The Sound of Web Search"?
http://company.hakia.com/searchmusic.html

One thing I like more about Google is that Google puts dutch search results for me on top, Hakia is still only US oriented.
But I like to use it....
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