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Building Search Applications: Lucene, Lingpipe, and Gate Paperback – June 1, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-0615204253 ISBN-10: 0615204252 Edition: First

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Mustru Publishing; First edition (June 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615204252
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615204253
  • Product Dimensions: 9.7 x 7.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,095,894 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Bob Carpenter, Natural Language Scientist, Alias-i.com

It takes a reader that knows Java, but nothing at all about search or associated text processing algorithms, and provides a hands-on, step-by-step guide for building a state-of-the-art search engine. -- http://lingpipe-blog.com/


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Manu Konchady is a developer working with open source text processing tools. He received his PhD in Information Technology from George Mason University and has written several articles and a book about text mining. Earlier, he worked at IBM, NASA, and the Mitre Corporation. He is a Sun certified Java programmer and is a frequent speaker at the Foss.in conferences.

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Fayyazuddin A. Syed on April 19, 2009
Format: Paperback
Unfortunately, there are not too many books written on the subject of Information Retrieval as it relates to Java programming, and thankfully, Mr.Konchady's contribution is an excellent resource. It provides a nice balance between the discussion of the theory of Information Retrieval, and providing concrete examples in Java, using Lucene, LingPipe, and Gate (API's for Information Retrieval used in Java). I personally had only heard of Lucene before coming across this book, and was very thankful to learn of the other two (LingPipe, and Gate) afterwards. The book shows the user how to use the above API's together when building an application, which is a great learning opportunity for the reader, because most tutorials available for Lucene, LingPipe, or Gate that you'll find online show you how to use that particular API only, instead of showing you how to use it in conjunction with others to truly harness the power of Information Retrieval with Natural Language Processing, together. The other very nice thing about this book is that the author also introduces the reader to other tools (such as Nutch, WordNet, etc.) that allows the user to provide advanced functionality, without "re-inventing the wheel". This book is a must read for anyone who is serious about learning to develop applications involving Information Retrieval.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By mr z on December 13, 2010
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This books provides a great deal of information about building search applications. However, you won't find it useful unless you know at least something about information retrieval. I still give it five starts because the material provided in the book is spot on. If you have a background in information retrieval and want to create next Solr, this book is for you.

Folks who are just starting out or who are interested in operational and theoretical areas of search -- e.g. fault tolerance, scaling, performance, rank tuning -- may not find this book interesting.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Songkran Thongsawang on May 14, 2009
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This is a good book to create search application. However, it is not easy enough for newbies. You need to have some experience and familiar enough with Lucene and related packages.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Gulli Antonino on August 9, 2009
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Building Search Applications: Lucene, LingPipe, and Gate is a pretty good introduction to Information Retrieval with a lot of pragmatic examples. Based on Lucene, Gate and LingPipe. I recomend to add it to your library if you like Lucene and Nutch or if you need to maintain or create a medium scale search application.
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