|Launched||2003 or earlier|
|Country of Origin||US America|
|2004 - 2005||BrainBoost corp.|
|2005 - 2007||Answers Corp. (till Oct. 2005 GuruNet)|
Natural language search engine
|Used SeEn||Ask Jeeves / Ask SeEn
Google Search Engine
|Older Version||Internet Archive / WebCite|
|»Designed to let you enter search terms in natural language. It then examines your sentence, rewrites it in a way that it thinks best and submits it to various different major search engines. When results come in, it actually downloads all the pages listed, then extracts sections that it thinks provides the answer.« Source|
|»Several months ago, (March 8, 2005) -- Brainboost unveiled its new version of its popular www.brainboost.com site, powered by an improved Brainboost Answer Engine utilizing Brainboost's patent pending AnswerRank™ Technology.
• • For the task of answering questions posed in plain English, Brainboost renders other search engines obsolete by leapfrogging what can be achieved with natural language processing technologies unveiled a new version of its popular www.brainboost.com site, powered by an improved Brainboost Answer Engine utilizing Brainboost's patent pending AnswerRank™ Technology.
• • For the task of answering questions posed in plain English, Brainboost renders other search engines obsolete by leapfrogging what can be achieved with natural language processing technologies
• •Brainboost can answer questions posed in plain English as apposed to simply directing users to pages that mention the question, like existing engines do. Brainboost represents a fundamentally different way to find knowledge on the web. Whereas Search engines force users to spend time scouring for an answer by tediously reading through search results, Brainboost does this work for the user by automatically reading hundreds of search results and extracting just those precious answers to the user's question.
• •"When you add up the time we all spend plowing through search results for answers to our questions, Brainboost's functionality translates into hours of time saved and the discovery of information we may never actually have found when searching manually." said Assaf Rozenblatt, Founder and CTO of Brainboost.
• •While search engines like Ask Jeeves and MSN have recently made limited attempts at answering questions from finite structured databases such as encyclopedias or pre-canned editorially collected answers, Brainboost is the only commercial engine that successfully leverages the full knowledge available on the web with its ability to understand even the most complex unstructured document. For Brainboost, any web page or document on the Internet is a potential answer source.
• •"We believe that Brainboost has solved the last mile of search on the Internet. Right now a user needs to go through as much as seven steps to find an answer to most questions. This is a time consuming process that is not always successful. The Brainboost Answer Engine collapses that process into a single step that takes seconds", said Assaf Rozenblatt, Founder and CTO of Brainboost.
• •A study conducted by Brainboost confirmed that while all major search engine barely reach a 50% success rate in providing the answer to a users question in the first page of search results, Brainboost clocks in at about 87%. When looking at how many of those actually had the answer as the first result, the gap is even wider at 23% for all search engines and 75% for Brainboost. Search Engines examined in this study include: Ask, Google, MSN and Yahoo.
• •By finally allowing users to pose questions in plain English, the Brainboost Answer Engine will change the way users search the web.« Source|
|»Word from Answers.com that they've acquired an "answer extraction" database that utilizes NLP (natural language processing), Brainboost.com for $4 million in cash and 439,000 shares of restricted stock.
The developer of Brainboost, Mr. Assaf Rozenblatt, has joined the Answers.com team as Director of Natural Language Research. My experiences with Brainboost over the years have been mediocre at best. At this point answers to questions (What is...? How many...? Who are?) are derived from open web content that doesn't always give a quality factual answer. Does a teacher want a student citing, http://www.digitaldreamdoor.com/pages/realname.html ? Of course, this is new technology, and something we'll likely to be seeing more in the future. So, Answers.com's investment is likely a good business move. In many ways, it's similar to the ZoomInfo tech we blogged about earlier today.
Brainboost (www.brainboost.com) works by scouring digital content and extracting candidate answers to natural language queries. It then ranks those candidate answers heuristically and displays the highest-confidence results in simple English form. Answers.com will apply Brainboost's answer extraction techniques not only to the Web at large, as implemented currently, but to Answers.com's own growing content library of attributable reference sources.
The last sentence can only be a good thing for Brainboost with the implementation of Answers.com material that does go well beyond Wikipedia data. Plus, having Answer's resources both human and financial can only help.
Again, it's the librarian in me talking here but it's one thing to get an answer (something) but it's also crucial where (the source) of that answer. Sometimes the best answer (currency, scope, authority) doesn't come from open web. Of course, Brainboost can help the searcher get to an autoritative source but the question is will the person take the next step.
Features & Functionality
|»BrainBoost is a 100% automated Question Answering search engine. Unlike other Question Answering engines, BrainBoost does not rely on human editors to locate answers. Instead, BrainBoost employs cutting-edge Artificial Intelligence technology to understand your question, and match it with relevant answers it locates on the web. Instead of returning pages of mindless search results, BrainBoost outputs sentences it believes are potential answers to your question.« Source|