Fuzzy Thinking.

The search engine at the heart of Ultrapedia can perform both simple and complex searches. The ‘simplest’ way of searching the library is to enter a word or phrase into the search-box. We have deliberately ‘throttled back’ the search engine to deliver a maximum of five thousand results to reduce information overload, while at the same time increasing overall system performance.

If you get more than a few hundred search results we recommend narrowing your search by entering more text into the search box; for example ‘queen’ will return many more results than ‘queen victoria’.

Sometimes, you may also need to extend your search to get meaningful results. Lets say for example that you entered ‘mendeleev’ into Wikipedia, as expected, you would find he entry for ‘Dmitri Mendeleev‘, however, entering ‘mendeleev’ into Ultrapedia currently returns just one result. The reason for this is that the popular way of spelling the name of this famous chemist has changed over the centuries. This is where Ultrapedias ‘Fuzzy Search‘ capability comes into it’s own.

We included fuzzy searching partly to help counteract recognition errors in the library. Fuzzy searching instructs the search engine to try alternate spellings of the word. If you enter ‘mendeleev’ into Ultrapedia again, but this time check the ‘Fuzzy search’ option, with a Fuzziness of ‘5’ you will get over fifty results. Closer examination of the results will show that “Mendeleev’ can also be spelled ‘Mendeleef’, Mendeleeff’, and numerous other variations.