Digraphs and Ligatures

Are ligatures easy to index for search engines? They mostly are, but correctly identifying and classifying them is not straight-forward. It usually starts with a digraph… A digraph is a pair of letters that when combined do not produce the normal sounds of the letters individually. An example is the English “ng” which represents /ŋ/ … Continue reading Digraphs and Ligatures

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Citroën, Škoda, Hildisvíni, and the search for ragù alle bolognese and bûche de Noël

When encountering words with diacritics which challenges are there? As a starting point we index documents as they are written and we search for words as you write them. This gives you exact matches as you would expect. But in some cases that would leave out relevant results. This post series will explore some cases … Continue reading Citroën, Škoda, Hildisvíni, and the search for ragù alle bolognese and bûche de Noël

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Online privacy events: Data Privacy Day and Safer Internet Day

This year’s Data Privacy Day and Safer Internet Day are back-to-back, and as part of our efforts to support both events, we are launching a new website aimed at helping families take better care of their online privacy. Activate Privacy provides you with a number of small, actionable steps that you can follow that will help … Continue reading Online privacy events: Data Privacy Day and Safer Internet Day

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Findx and Qwant: Two more good private search engines

In March 2017, Kim Elmose wrote a review of Findx and Qwant in Danish, “Findx og Qwant: Yderligere to gode private søgemaskiner.” We received permission to translate and republish his article in English here – thank you Kim! I haven’t used Google to search for information for more than a year and a half now. I … Continue reading Findx and Qwant: Two more good private search engines

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December roundup – Danish result improvements, instant answers and more!

Improving results at Findx We’ve been tackling the problem of the quality of results in a number of ways here at Findx. Improve results in one language to improve them all Now that Findx has been in public beta for some time, we are focusing on improving the index. But testing various tweaks to see … Continue reading December roundup – Danish result improvements, instant answers and more!

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Progress on Search Widening – Danish

We have finally gotten around to implement search widening, starting with Danish. We are currently working on Danish-specific search widening, meaning that if you search for a word we may include other words such as: Spelling variants Compound word derivatives Decompositions Inflections Conjugations etc. For other considerations look for other blog posts with the tag … Continue reading Progress on Search Widening – Danish

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To index or not to index, that is the policy question

If we are allowed to crawl a site in general, are there any exceptions we make? As a follow-up to our post about robots.txt challenges we now come to the question of what to do if we are allowed to crawl, because we may not want to or we may get a different restriction in … Continue reading To index or not to index, that is the policy question

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How we are reducing web spam in the Findx index

Indexing only the valuable, non-spam pages of the internet keeps us on our toes! Millions of spammy pages are created ad hoc, and their shady owners try to game the system with all sorts of techniques to make these pages rise to the top of the search results. The never-ending fight against spam We’re sure … Continue reading How we are reducing web spam in the Findx index

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Findx goes mobile – Private search apps for iOS and Android are now available

Findx is now available as a native app for iOS and Android devices: Search and browse the internet in private and be pestered by fewer ads with the built-in advertisement and tracking blocker. The Findx apps are now available in the App Store and Google Play, and you can now take advantage of browsing and … Continue reading Findx goes mobile – Private search apps for iOS and Android are now available

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European Conference on Data Ethics 2017 wrap-up

We had a fantastic time at the first ever European Conference on Data Ethics in Copenhagen on 29 September. It was great to reach out to other companies and individuals who are passionate about protecting digital privacy. The location for the conference was quirky but fascinating – an old train station was converted to a … Continue reading European Conference on Data Ethics 2017 wrap-up

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