Bing Update Asks Smarter Questions for Better Answers
Microsoft's search engine now features new autocomplete capabilities that help users pose questions they perhaps didn't know to ask.Despite scouring practically every corner of the web, search engines can still prove maddeningly reluctant to provide a desired piece of information. Part of the problem is that users often don't know how to craft search queries that help them home in on the facts, figures and other data they seek. Microsoft recently upgraded Bing Academic Suggestions using new technologies from the company's Technology and Research team and the Bing semantic graph. Academic Suggestions is an intelligent autocomplete feature that helps students and researchers find academic papers on a variety of topics from a host of authors and generates results similar to Google's "Scholarly articles" feature. The new integrations "allow the user to construct highly structured queries exposing Bing's deep knowledge of specific topic areas," explained the company in a blog post. "The graph relationships are explored in real time and the most relevant suggestions are generated for the user, even if Bing has never seen the query before." Microsoft also ported the capability to its movie search capabilities. Users can now string together questions based on the actors, directors and genre of a film, including the year it was released.
In both Academic Suggestions and movie search, Microsoft claims its "lightning-fast runtime component" analyzes a user's intent, matching it with Bing's massive object graph to unearth relationships data on the fly, generating real-time suggestions as users type their natural-language queries. Another benefit of the system is that it avoids "dead-end queries" caused by misspellings and grammatical errors, added the company.