Search for People, Just Don’t Find them

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Business 2.0 Blog points to new search feature over at Business.com which allows you to find people and create a virtual resume. Or not. Damon over at Business 2.0 typed in his name. Result. Title: Chief Executive Officer, Company: Manic, Date: 9/19/2002 8:01:56 PM. Following his lead, I typed my name and according to them, I am still working for Red Herring, Intuita, IEEE, ….. , till entry #10 which says: Business 2.0. David Dorman, whose company might be bought by SBC, still has the job, the engine tells us. For now. How about Bill Gates? Well I guess world’s richest man doesn’t really need a job. Paris Hilton? She is american actress (in porn movies i assume), founder of Hilton Hotels, and board member of Video nation, the company which was selling her sexcapdes. John Kerry, so shocked by his defeat has now taken up religion and become pastor of the United Christian Church. Try Jeff Bezos and the answer is blah blah…. Company: Beleaguered Amazon! Oh man, even I the most cranky Amazon.com skeptic will say … that’s so 1990s.

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Jeff Clavier

Om, dude, you want to try Georges Bush but take a breadth beforehand.

Some classics: #499, #494, #474, #420, #385, #325, #218, #213, #202, #193, #178, #71 (!!!). Reason for going reverse order is that I was trying to check if they got one right, but could not find it.

Extracting facts from unstructured sources with a high precision and high recall is difficult, I am granting that. But I am surprised that Eliyon, the company powering these searches, has spent more time on their inference mechanism to remove more/most of these strange results.

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