The Artificial Travel Agent May Just Have Been Invented!
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Today we are going to look at how Exorbyte SearchNavigator can allow even the most basic Internet and computing users find what they need in a very large and complex body of content; using very advanced search queries, which they wouldnt be able to formulate on their own.
Users have become accustomed to using incremental advanced search features such as the Google Suggest on countless sites and software interfaces.
Typing any one character in the query field of Google.com yields an instantly set of suggested alternate queries based on normalized popular queries from Google.com.
This helps users find what they need, but it is especially made to help them formulate what they might be looking for.
Exorbyte, takes this a approach many steps ahead with a new groundbreaking search interface on LTur.com; the leading European last minute travel service. - http://www.ltur.com/de/search.ltml?flexsearch=yes#
SearchNavigator is a flexible AJAX Search Framework. To make a long story short, it inserts intelligence between users search queries interface and the search engine. This extra layer of intelligence is common to all incremental search (such as Google suggest which we just looked at). In the case of Exorbyte SearchNavigator, however, it is paired with MatchMaker, Exorbytes core structured data search and matching platform. MatchMaker removes the need to maintain sets of alternate queries to suggest to users. It suggests actual results straight from the content being searched. And it does so, with a myriad of versatile advanced search features such as facets, spell-checking, related matches, etc. MatchMaker is fast enough to enable this sort of incremental search over tens of millions of records (all under 10 ms return time). SearchNavigator guides users naturally to what they are looking for even if they are not completely sure what it is yet. In the case of LTur, the artificial travel agent may just have been invented!
At first, LTurs SearchNavigator implementation works just like any other incremental search interface. Typing new yields suggestions for the city of destination of New York, as well as the airports of the city of New York (JFK and Newark). One can see right away that prices are displayed and counts of matching trips and travel package for each variable and its possible values. Even if misspelled, SearchNavigator and its powerful MatchMaker core indexing and search engine, correct the spelling and propose alternatives according to popular categories of travel queries.
Once we choose a city or destination, or an airport of destination we are offered a next layer of parameters for our trip that have been customized based on:
- What is available in the catalog,
-What we have chosen in the previous step
-What price we may be willing to pay,
-The class of hotel or travel we prefer,
-And many other variables,
At every step, the engine guides us naturally towards a relevant package while keeping us in control of our final result. In the case of last minute travel, it is the price that cost-conscious consumers have come for.
At any moment during the process, we can just choose to submit to see a variety of offerings based on a limited set of parameters,
or we can choose to type in a new value for another aspect of our dream travel package,
or we can just carry on to the end of the process and choose a final direct navigation link to the best travel offerings for our detailed trip requirements.
Users never get to a zero-result page with no trip at the dates they wished for, for the hotel class they wanted, or for the destination the chose.
Users dont either have to fiddle with the complex search interfaces customary on search portals (see below on Ltur). These interfaces require a lot of thinking while formulating a multi-variable query while guaranteeing no particular result. Often, users get no result and have to come back to test a different query until they get it right.
With SearchNavigator, the constant feedback gives users an instant birds eye view of the travel catalog (just as if they were already flying over the landscape!)
SearchNavigator is fast and always takes in account the existing contents of the catalog AND the desires of the customer.
Come to http://www.Exorbyte.com and find out more about this and other structured data search and matching software solutions.