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Google’s Knowledge Graph Debuts               3 circles

   Google has launched its new search         1 person +1'd this
   tool, Knowledge Graph that will give         Brad Kepler

   direct answers in its results instead of
   simply providing links in an attempt to
   improve its core search business. Now,
   when you...
The Knowledge Graph feature might just be the largest search
launch in Google’s history. In fact, Google says that this feature
has already surpassed the launch of Google News and Google
Image in terms of information available on the first day — and it
will obviously continue to grow as more collections and relations
are being added. And for an online community that’s getting sick
of all the hype on social search, Google’s renewed focus on
improving the key search business is a refreshing change.
Google has been working on the Knowledge Graph for the past 2
years and have already made a database with 500 million entities
and 3.5 billion defining connections and attributes like related
searches. The Knowledge Graph draws information from a
collection of information publicly available from sources like
Freebase, Metaweb, Wikipedia, Google Books and World CIA Fact
Book, among others.
Norton Scientific Collection reports that Google is not aiming
to give false information with is Knowledge Graph but to
actually draw relationships between objects in an attempt to
figure what a user wants to know. For example, if searching
for a prominent figure in history, the KG may include family
details as well as his notable works and other contributions.
Amit Singhal, Google’s senior vice president of engineering, said
in a blog post, “We’re proud of our first baby step—the
Knowledge Graph—which will enable us to make search more
intelligent, moving us closer to the ‘Star Trek computer’ that I’ve
always dreamt of building.”
The rollout of this new feature will result in users being presented
with summarized information about the query term along with the
classic search results links.
This is the fulfillment of Google’s previous promise to start
employing “semantic” algorithms aiming to improved search through
automatically connecting related ideas. Basically, its goal is to offer
users contextualized answer and more helpful details while
anticipating next queries. In short, Knowledge Graph is designed to
make users find the exact answers even more quickly. Also in the
right panel, there will be related links to help users discover other
stuff that are connected to their search. It is like making a non-linear
association to something that might come up in a conversation
among friends.
This is a feature that has considerable long-term applications
for online search and it is obviously still a work in progress for


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