Taming Text with Grant Ingersoll


“It’s a great time to be an engineer.”

Information retrieval and search engineering are becoming more intertwined with machine learning and natural language processing, leading to a wealth of work to be done in the field.

Grant Ingersoll is a founder and CTO of LucidWorks, which helps clients make sense of their data and deploy search applications built on Apache Lucene and Solr.


  • What kinds of applications need search functionality?
  • Do you have to vectorize client data and files before you can use them?
  • How are search and machine learning complementary?
  • What is the difference between supervised and unsupervised machine learning?
  • When you teach people the concepts of information retrieval, what are the things that people have trouble understanding?
  • What do you mean when you say “embrace fuzziness”?
  • How will information retrieval change in the next 5-10 years?



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