Thursday, August 14, 2008

Carrot2 Open Source Framework

Carrot2 is an open source framework for building search clustering engines. This is the framework used by from which Dr. Calvo suggested I look into.

My current understanding of the framework is that it is a package of components:

1. Input components (interfacing between search engines, etc)

2. Filtering components (using clustering algorithms to obtain clusters of results)

3. Visualisation components (using DHTML, CSS, Javascript to display the clustered results)

A picture taken from the Carrot2 Project website sums up the overall structure of the framework:

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