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PowerSet: Good For Searching Wikipedia!

May 12, 2008 | 1 Minute Read

There have been quite a few blogs today comparing the newly released preview of PowerSet (an alternative search engine) Vs. Google. The line we’ve been reading for a while now is that PowerSet uses NLP (Natural Language Processing) to figure out what you want to find, not just stuff that sort of has what you want to find in its body text.

Previous comparisons have been throwing out things like “what does an orange taste like?” or “what is the capital of New Zealand?” No one asks those kinds of questions. Therefore, I will just search “who is Hung Truong?” since I’m sure lots of people want to know. It’s probably the most popular search term of all time, really.

The Google search does pretty well. 6/10 links on the first page are actually attributable to me, Hung Truong (the most popular Hung Truong on Google today!).

Hmmm… Powerset just returns a bunch of stuff from Wikipedia. Unfortunately, I don’t have a Wikipedia article (yet)! 0/10 of the first 10 results are actually about me.

So there you have it. Google beats PowerSet because PowerSet is only good for searching Wikipedia at the moment. Usually, when I want to search Wikipedia, I use Wikipedia.