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May 16, 2005

Search engine for visual thinkers

As a visual thinker, I find most search engines frustrating because the results are returned as a long list of links, with no indication of relationships. Often it takes a bit of trial and error find relevant content. It would be nice to have these results mapped out for me.

That's why I'm intrigued by a different kind of search engine tool called Grokker. It produces search results as a group of circular maps, combined by type or source of information. (The NY Times published a nice article about it last week.)

I don't see myself using Grokker to visualize searches like "pizza in Minneapolis" or to find a particular company's web site, but it could be really useful when I'm trying to understand a concept like "Bayesian analysis" or doing research on "lupus."

Do you grok it?

Posted by rigd0003 at May 16, 2005 03:20 PM | Cool web stuff


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