Accoona : AI Powered Search

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Accoona, the AI powered search engine has not received much popularity. The engine touts a powerful AI based algorithm that uses techniques that go beyond keyword search to retrieve relevant results. With a Chinese company having majority stake in the engine, it has received certain negative publicity.

The review from WebProNews suggests that there are some effective AI algorithms at work under the hood. Branded as a “business search” engine, Accoona does not pose an immediate threat to any of the major established players in the search market.

A quote from the article

“Accoona, in addition to web spiders that populate and update its database, has access to hundreds of millions of records from worldwide sources, delivering the richest and most robust database for search results. With a database of over 20 million US companies and over 30 million companies worldwide, the user will be able to search for businesses utilizing a large array of criteria: such as Name, Physical Address, Telephone, Fax, Business Description, industry category, company’s URL and geographic location.”

Notable features of the engine are the clean interface and the options to refine and weigh the key words. Its one of the few engines that directly refers to using AI. But with AI you do expect some real stellar results. Here’s a article I mined from SearchEngineWatch that comments on the results obtained from Accoona.

The lack of a full fledged crawling of the web can be attributed to the less than spectacular performance of Accoona. However, the use of AI does point towards the type of technological shift that search engines are taking to get more relevancy related to content of web documents.

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  • JG

    The Chinese government actually has the stake, as it’s a majority owner of the Chinese company that’s investing in Accoona.

  • Arun Radhakrishnan

    I thought mentioning the Chinese stake in the Search engine itself points to the Chinese Govt. having a stake 🙂

  • Bashar

    What I really love about accoona is the Business information it provides about the company. This is merely the only reason I use it.

  • Anita Cohen-Williams

    Accoona is a wonderful small search engine. I have been using it for years.

  • MSN hacken

    I don’t use little search engines like Accoona and that kind of stuff. I like using Google as common website and focusing myself on their proposition.

  • Arun Radhakrishnan

    Google is indeed useful for the factual kind of information but when it comes to indepth results on a topic as of today human powered search engines seem to be the only recourse. But for the volume of the internet to be accessible, algorithms have to be based on the human analytic process and that is where AI comes in.