E-commerce Search Relevancy Tuning with OSS Chorus at NEST Meetup

Join Eric Pugh and René Kriegler at the New England Search Technologies (NEST) Group Meetup.

Search teams in the e-commerce space want to own their search: they want to understand exactly how the engine works and be able to optimize it according to their specific needs, both from the user and from the seller perspective. Open source search engines, such as Solr and Elasticsearch, seem like a perfect match.

Unfortunately, the open source solutions available today aren’t anywhere near reaching parity with a commercial out of the box solution, especially when it comes to optimizing search relevance and managing individual queries as a merchandiser. This leads to a very difficult “buy vs. build” decision, especially for smaller teams that don’t have deep search expertise already and are faced with developing significant functionality for digital commerce from scratch.

In this session Eric and René will introduce Chorus: an initiative to combine open source tools and libraries like Solr, Querqy (a powerful query rewriting library), SMUI (a search management UI to boost and bury products and categories ), Quepid, RRE, and Quaerite (search relevance assessment and tuning) into a single template to accelerate the development of your e-commerce search, allowing you to shift from setting up basic search functionality to domain specific optimizations much faster.


Eric Pugh is the co-founder and CEO of OpenSource Connections. He has been involved in the open source world as a developer, committer and user for the past fifteen years. He is a member of the Apache Software Foundation and an active committer to Apache Solr. He co-authored the book Apache Solr Enterprise Search Server, now on its third edition.

René Kriegler is an OSC search consultant with a focus on search relevance, e-commerce search, Solr and Elasticsearch. Organizer of MICES (Mix-Camp E-commerce Search) and maintainer of Querqy (a query rewriting library for Solr and Elasticsearch).

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