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Search-Based Applications by Laura Wilber, Gregory Grefenstette

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CHAPTER 1

Search Based Applications

1.1    INTRODUCTION

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Figure 1.1: Can you see the search engine behind these screens?

Management of information via computers is undergoing a revolutionary change as the frontier between databases and search engines is disappearing. Against this backdrop of nascent convergence, a new class of software has emerged that combines the advantages of each technology, right now, in Search Based Applications.

Until just a short while ago, the lines were still relatively clear. Database software concentrated on creating, storing, maintaining and accessing structured data, where discrete units of information (e.g. product ...

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