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Search Basics

Searching on Cluuz is easy. Type one or more search terms (the words or phrase that best describe the information you want to find) into the search box and hit the 'Enter' key or click on the Cluuz Search button.

You can use all the standard search techniques used by traditional search engines such as boolean operators (eg. AND) as well as quotes (eg. "hot dogs") to be more specific with your search.

Default options will bring back results in the 'result wall' with list of results bellow and tag cloud to the right.
You can click on another brick in the wall ;) to see other results brought back.

The Cluuz search engine is different from traditional search engines in that we don't only show the links to result pages but we also show entities (people, companies, organization, phone numbers, concepts, etc.) and images that are extracted from within the search results. It is like peering into the documents to see ahead what is important. This helps you find the results that you are looking for faster.

In the chart above you can see various elements that can help you in your search discovery.

First item you see bellow the query is the status status

that shows how many results are displayed out of available pages that contain your search query.

Bellow that you see the links ("bricks") in the result wall that you can click on to display link charts for the clusters of entities that were found in the results of your query.

If you click on the brick you will see the associated link chart for that cluster. For example clicking on the first brick from above we get to see following chart:

Each brick in the wall represents a cluster of results. The cluster is figured out by peering into the found web pages and checking to see if they are talking about the same thing.

As you can see, Roger Federer (56) is the first result in the result wall. This cluster has 57 entities in it . All the web pages from the result set that talk about Roger Federer are in this cluster. You can see some of the entities from the cluster in the result from above.

You can show and hide the cluster charts by clicking on the Hide(Show) button in the top left corner.

You will further find, bellow the chart cluster on the left hand side, the links section: links

The links section has the standard search engine result output that has been enhanced by adding a tag section: link tags
The tags are there for you to understand further what is the page all about. If you click on the tag link a new search will be done which will add the tag to the search query.

You will also find an image section per page for which there are extracted images such as this one: link images
If you hover your mouse over the images the thumbnail will be enlarged to medium size image. The extracted images are limitted both in terms of numbers and size. To see the full set of images you need to visit the originating page.

Finally, you will also find that you can get quickly to other related results by clicking on tags in the tag cloud. tag cloud

The tags are sorted by importance with the more important tags on top (and with larger font). If you click on one of the tags in the tag cloud your search will be further narrowed by including the clicked tag in the search query.

Finally, at the bottom of the page you will see a paging section which is available if there are more than one page of results: paging

Note that the way paging works is by changing the start position in the result set which can be seen in the Advanced section.

You can control what kind of entities are extracted by clicking on the Preferences link bellow the query box and checking off the entity types that you are interested in. preferences

You can also narrow your results by clicking on the Advanced link bellow the query box and modifying the Start At option, How Many option and Sites and ~Terms. advanced

The Start At option allows you to directly jump to any index within the result set.

How Many option specifies how many results per page should be retrieved from the query.

The Sites option allows you to provide list of specific sites that you wish to query. You can specify up to 20 sites by separating them with commas.

Finally, the ~Terms option allows you to specify any terms that you wish not be shown in the extracted terms list, charts and tag cloud. Again, you can specify multiple terms by separating them with commas.

That is pretty much it. If you have any questions please feel free to send us an email at info@cluuz.com.

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