Searching Literature for Technical Key Texts

A literature review is a key part of postgraduate research. To start with I’m attempting a broad literature search to try and find anything I can which sheds light on my topic area. In particular I’m trying to locate some “key texts” which align fairly closely with my planned research area, and could help inform …

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How to Write a Spelling Corrector

A while ago someone asked me for an estimate on adding “did you mean …” spelling correction to a search facility in some software. I replied with a bunch of hand-waving and weasel words about different approaches and the need for more detail on customer requirements and then ran away to lunch. Later, I spent …

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The Solr Enterprise Search Server

Like many projects we use Lucene for some of our search needs. Sometimes, though it would be nice to have a stand-alone search component which could easily be used by different parts of the architecture. Solr seems to offer something like this but I haven’t actually experimented with it yet to see if it is …

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