Microsoft Entity Cube now in English

Microsoft has made available its previously Chinese only, Entity Cube. Entity Cube is a Microsoft research project that searches at the object level. The engine then "summarizes the Web for entities (such as people, locations and organizations) with a modest web presence". Entity Cube is the English version of the Chinese site Renlifang.

The information provided in the results not only lists the context information, but also people related to the search and if there are any academic related results. Finally the Entity Cube is able to bring all this information together and can show you the "relationship" between the people, academic results and the search results that are provided by Bing.

"The need for collecting and understanding Web information about a real-world entity (such as a person or a product) is mostly collated manually through search engines. However, information about a single entity might appear in thousands of Web pages. Even if a search engine could find all the relevant Web pages about an entity, the user would need to sift through all these pages to get a complete view of the entity. EntityCube generates summaries of Web entities from billions of public Web pages that contain information about people, locations, and organizations, and allows for exploration of their relationships. For example, users can use EntityCube to find an automatically generated biography page and social-network graph for a person, and use it to discover a relationship path between two people."

The engine is still in the early stages and the entire internet has not been indexed. Microsoft claims that 3 billion pages have been indexed but it is still possible for large gaps in the results as it continues to data mine the web.

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