Bing launches new Adaptive Search

By LiveSide | Posted September 15, 2011 3 comments

Bing had been continuously innovating its search algorithms for its decision engine to compete in the search market, striving to bring a more personalized and natural search experience to users. Today the Bing team announced that they are rolling out a new feature called Adaptive Search.

So what is Adaptive Search? Here’s an example the Bing team provided:

As an example, let’s say you’re in the process of planning a vacation – you might decide to search for “Australia”. In this case, you’re most likely to be looking for websites specifically about the country Australia, or information about travel. You can see an example of the search “Australia”, for someone who is planning a vacation, on the left image below.

Now suppose, instead, you’re a movie-buff and are trying to decide on a movie to rent for the evening. With this context, the smart technology powering this feature will infer that you’re probably looking for the movie “Australia”, and begin to adapt the search page to your intent by showings results relevant to the movie Australia higher up on the page than they were previously, as shown on the right image below.

The differences are generally quite subtle, but the more confidence we have about what your intent is, the more personalized the results will become. We certainly don’t want to make any assumptions that prevent you from seeing a diverse set of results and lock you into a “filter bubble”, so the results that correspond to differing intents (e.g. travel to Australia) will still be available to you on the page.

Bing Adaptive Search

To learn more about the new feature, you can also check out the video below:

<a href='http://video.msn.com/?mkt=en-us&#038;vid=60353988-525a-4bcf-92e7-df8cd4f57ce5&#038;src=SLPl:embed::uuids' target='_new' title='Adapting Search to You'>Video: Adapting Search to You</a>

Unfortunately, this seems to be another US only feature. They really need to realise that the "World" includes places outside the US too.

Posted September 15th, 2011 at 6:03 am
Category: Bing
Tags: Bing
  • Guest

    Bing is still a small side project, a hobby of some developers at Microsoft. I don’t know why they keep it if they’re going to half-ass it to such extent. Probably there is some business strategy reason. As we see in Win8 development Microsoft is still quite competent and intriguing but it’s web based service presence is not to be taken seriously. Not to mention its ignorance of the rest of the world like we don’t exist or something. 

  • Guest

    Bing is still a small side project, a hobby of some developers at Microsoft. I don’t know why they keep it if they’re going to half-ass it to such extent. Probably there is some business strategy reason. As we see in Win8 development Microsoft is still quite competent and intriguing but it’s web based service presence is not to be taken seriously. Not to mention its ignorance of the rest of the world like we don’t exist or something. 

  • Guest

    Bing is still a small side project, a hobby of some developers at Microsoft. I don’t know why they keep it if they’re going to half-ass it to such extent. Probably there is some business strategy reason. As we see in Win8 development Microsoft is still quite competent and intriguing but it’s web based service presence is not to be taken seriously. Not to mention its ignorance of the rest of the world like we don’t exist or something.