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   Re: xml search engine?

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  • From: "Michael S. Brothers" <Michael.S.Brothers@EMCIns.Com>
  • To: Tim Bray <tbray@textuality.com>
  • Date: Thu, 30 Mar 2000 12:59:14 -0600 (Central Standard Time)

On Thu, 30 Mar 2000 07:53:54 -0800 Tim Bray <tbray@textuality.com> 

> At 10:46 AM 3/30/00 +0100, Kay Michael wrote:
> >
> >I really think you need to distinguish between a query engine and a search
> >engine. Query engines answer questions like "find me all documents that have
> >an <xyz> element as the third grandchild of an <abc> element". Search
> >engines answer questions like "have you got anything about the causes of
> >hyperinflation in inter-war Germany?"
> I think what you're talking about would normally be called an Information-
> Retrieval (IR) system.  Such a system is distinguished from traditional
> search engines in the general case in that nobody has ever successfully
> built one that, in the general case, works.
> (putting on my asbestos underwear) -Tim

And once someone perfects the Information Retrieval system, wouldn't we 
then need an Information Dispersal system. And perhaps a Ministry of 
Information to manage it all.

Sam Lowery

Michael S. Brothers
"You can't handle the truth. Nooo truth
handler you! I deride your truth handling
- Sideshow Bob

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