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Friday, November 10, 2006

CSE list-find what others have done

Before you start out and build your own CSE- customized search engine it would be wise if you saw what others have done. To get a list of CSE's regarding any topic you can use the search engine in this page. Just type the name of the topic and hit the return button. You will be presented with a list of search engines dealing with that topic. However, don,t be disheartened if many such options are present. You can always do something that is different.

Take a look at the search results given by these search engines. If you feel you can do a better job, go ahead and do it. Most of the search engines that are seriously into the CSE work would have got themselves tagged in this search engine. However, it contains more than the 90 odd sites that have been tagged as of now. It uses a special consturct to search the entire list of Google CSE's

Once you have decided what topic you want to base your search engine, collect a list of sites that provide quality information about that topic. Preferably visit each of those sites to determine the type of content.Make a list of these site with a score of 0.5 or 0.75 or 1.0 for the different sites depending on thier content. You can then convert it into XML format or other formats supported by google such as TSV.

You can also make a list of sites you want to exclude from your search results if you are allowing the search enines to search the entire web. If you can exclude some of the big sites which occupy most of the search results you could get some really fascinating results.More about what else you can do in the next post.


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