Departmental Papers (ESE)


Ineffective search engines on e-catalog sites are driving away potential customers. Natural-language querying improves precision and parsing capability, and with advances in the technology, it can also meet these shopping sites' performance demands.

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Journal Article

Date of this Version

July 2001


Copyright 2001 IEEE. Reprinted from IEEE Intelligent Systems, Volume 16, Issue 4, July/August 2001, pages 48-53.
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Date Posted: 15 November 2004

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