Searchtrix: Quite Useful

June 8, 2010

The purpose of this system is to “tease out popular keywords and phrases in social media.” The system does that job quite well. However, the addled goose is on the look out for search and retrieval systems that make it easier to explore certain types of questions or problems. Searchtrix is a quite useful search system. Let me give you one example from my test queries, and then leave it to you to test drive this system.

Navigate to the Searchtrix splash page. Ignore the terms in the search box. You will be entering your own keywords. In the first box type “taxonomy, ontology” and in the second box, enter “system, method”. The Searchtrix system will create eight queries; specifically, “taxonomy” and “system”, “ontology” and “system” and so on. You can specify how many words should appear between the two words. This is a modern version of proximity searching. If you don’t know what that means, don’t worry about it for this demo. Now click the “search” button. Here’s what you will see:


When you click on one of the results, the system displays the hits for the query the system created and fired at some combination of Twitter, Facebook, and Topsy. You specify which of these indexes for which you want results. Here’s the result lit for the query “ontology” AND “system”.


Useful stuff. The hit was spot on and pointed to a project I had heard about but never paid much attention.

The system offers a number of features that seem to be aimed at the search engine optimization banditos. I think this is a very interesting system for making sense out of the message streams that flow through the real time systems Searchtrix taps.

A happy quack for this service.

Stephen E Arnold, June 8, 2010



2 Responses to “Searchtrix: Quite Useful”

  1. Searchtrix Coverage Roundup! on June 8th, 2010 5:37 pm

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  2. Matt Lockyer on June 8th, 2010 5:41 pm

    Thanks for the stimulating article Stephen. I enjoyed coming up with the concept for and developing it.

    I appreciate you taking the time to write this post!

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