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Search-Based Applications by Laura Wilber, Gregory Grefenstette

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CHAPTER 12

Anatomy of a Search Based Application

At an anatomical level, search based applications can be grouped according to the type of content they process:

1.  Structured data

2.  Unstructured data

3.  A mix of unstructured and structured data

In the case of the first, a search platform is used to provide more scalable and user-friendly access to RDBMS content. In the case of unstructured data, the SBA platform aggregates multi-source content and makes it exploitable by giving it a uniform structure. The latter hybrid category is the most common, with the SBA platform used to federate, contextualize and normalize heterogeneous data from diverse systems. This aggregation may be a ‘stable’ one that takes place at the index level, as is the ...

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