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Ask Jeeves answers with updated search engine

Ask Jeeves has updated its Teoma search engine with refined search capabilities, Web-based spell check and improved context and relevance.

The release of Teoma 2.0 comes a year after Ask Jeeves integrated the search engine into its Ask.com site. Since then, the company has focused on differentiating its search offering from other players in the highly competitive Internet query market.

Teoma is taking a different tack from rivals such as Google by representing what it calls "Subject-Specific Popularity" in its search results, rating the expertise or knowledge a page contains according to how many same-subject Web pages refer to it. Teoma displays communities on the Web and can represent a group of pages on or about the same subject.

The search engine also offers advanced search tools, allowing users to refine their queries using specific criteria such as exact phrase, page location, date, domain and site, geographical region and the ability to search within results. Users will also be able search in 10 languages, including French, German, Italian and Spanish.

Teoma 2.0 also offers spell check that identifies query mis-spellings, and more complete descriptions of search results, offering contextual information that helps improve relevancy.

With its community approach and improved feature set, Teoma hoped to scoop up more of the search market, which has taken off in recent years with its ability to generate revenue through paid listings, advertising and premium search services.

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