Doug Turnbull, author of Relevant Search and OSC Search Relevance consultant will be at RVA Data Hackers delivering his talk The Ghost in The Search Machine. Here’s the description

What does a search engine like Elasticsearch or Solr add to your infrastructure? How does it differ from existing databases? In this talk we’ll explore search as a unique data structure. Why is it useful? What is an inverted index and how does that make text search blazingly fast? Once you know the guts of the search engine, you’ll see it’s far more than just text. It’s a general purpose data system that every data hacker needs in their toolbox! You’ll see at the search engine’s core is a massively scalable similarity system that can solve a broad range of fuzzy ranking problems. You can carefully craft ranking signals and rules to get at all sorts of ad-hoc similarity problems. In short – it’s the fuzzy similarity system you’ve always wanted to have in your toolbox!

There will be great search conversation and discounts given out for Relevant Search. Look forward to seeing you there! Be sure to RSVP.