Chapter 15: Search computing and the life sciences

Marco Masseroli, Norman W. Paton, Irena Spasić

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    Search Computing has been proposed to support the integration of the results of search engines with other data and computational resources. A key feature of the resulting integration platform is direct support for multi-domain ordered data, reflecting the fact that search engines produce ranked outputs, which should be taken into account when the results of several requests are combined. In the life sciences, there are many different types of ranked data. For example, ranked data may represent many different phenomena, including physical ordering within a genome, algorithmically assigned scores that represent levels of sequence similarity, and experimentally measured values such as expression levels. This chapter explores the extent to which the search computing functionalities designed for use with search engine results may be applicable for different forms of ranked data that are encountered when carrying out data integration in the life sciences. This is done by classifying different types of ranked data in the life sciences, providing examples of different types of ranking and ranking integration needs in the life sciences, identifying issues in the integration of such ranked data, and discussing techniques for drawing conclusions from diverse rankings. © 2010 Springer-Verlag.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)|Lect. Notes Comput. Sci.
    PublisherSpringer Nature
    Number of pages15
    ISBN (Print)3642123090, 9783642123092
    Publication statusPublished - 2010
    Event1st Workshop on Search Computing Challenges and Directions, SeCo 2009 - Como
    Duration: 1 Jul 2010 → …


    Conference1st Workshop on Search Computing Challenges and Directions, SeCo 2009
    Period1/07/10 → …


    • Bioinformatics
    • Data integration
    • Ranked data
    • Search computing


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