A new search engine appeared on the horizon last week called Clusty the Clustering Engine. This search engine is the brainchild of Vivsimo, a new company formed a little over four years ago by a group of Carnegie Mellon University research computer scientists. Although the engine is its beta version, it is quite impressive to see in action.
The standout feature that sets Clusty apart from other search engines is the manner in which the information is organized. The proper term for how Clusty handles the information is referred to as document clustering. Information automatically is gathered, organized and categorized before being presented to the searcher.
Clusty is divided into nine resource tabs, including Web+, News, Images, Shopping, Encyclopedia, Gossip, eBay, Blogs and Slashdot. The final tab allows searchers to customize their searches further by choosing which resources it should use to retrieve search returns.
Clusters can be displayed by topics, sources and URLs. For example, this is what would happen if a searcher chooses to have clusters displayed by URLs. On the left side of the page, under the search term, the search results would be displayed in groups based on the last letters of the Web site such as com, org, edu, net, us, gov, etc.