“The problem of onsite search is one San Francisco-based Lucidworks has been tackling since its inception as Lucid Imagination back in 2007. The company creates intelligent search solutions using the Apache Lucene/Solr open source search platform, augmented with artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities based on the Apache Spark computing framework. “Search engines are good at understanding user intent, unlike a database or data warehouse, and they are very good at delivering results that are relevant and contextual, which underpin all kinds of personalisation,” says Lucidworks CMO, Vivek Sriram. “The trick is how do you deal with this stuff at very large volumes.”

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