Hakia, on the forefront of search engine innovation

February 20th, 2007 at 12:00 am

Late last year, Hakia.com has been the subject of news and reviews. The company's work and goal of creating a meaning-based search engine has drawn to it the attention of the Web community. There is currently a race on the Web on who will be able to revolutionize how we conduct searches on the internet. The objective was to create something that is totally beyond the capabilities of the conventional search engines. Hakia, with its “search for meaning” approach was considered as one of the first companies who will be able to provide major changes in search engines.

Hakia has recently entered into its Beta 13 version. The developers have integrated a couple of changes and advancements since they officially went live this January. Most notable developments were (1) extended coverage of galleries, (2) enhancements of the gallery format, (3) spell checker, (4) improvements on SemanticRank algorithm, (5) addition of more QDEX data, (6) new syndications, and (7) the advertisements.

Hakia works with the QDEX (Query Detection and Extraction) infrastructure which makes them capable of semantic analysis of Web pages. This means they are able to entertain meaning-based searches. According t o their website, information density in a QDEX system is considerably higher relative to a conventional index search approach, it is highly possible to achieve full semantic analysis in conducting web searches. Furthermore, QDEX is able to separate a website into tiny parts of information and stores them as gateways to all possible questions one can ask. This way, when one uses Hakia, they would expect to find results on based on “what you mean.” You ask a question, Hakia will give the precise answers, at least that's the idea.

They wanted to create a search engine that will compete with Google and Yahoo. This is achievable. But to create a program that will match up to the human brain's cognitive skills, this is something else. I don't think Hakia or any other search engines for that matter will be able to achieve this in the near future. It seems that Hakia is focusing more in creating improvements on traditional search engines by introducing meaning-based results that will be of great help in researches in the fields of sciences, law, literature, medicine and finance.

I ran a search in Hakia. I couldn't think of any challenging question to ask at the time. The following is a screen shot of the results.