Connecting users with good location information is an integral component of a location based service. And search plays a key role towards this end. This talk describes our experiences building a search engine to show the user a diverse set of relevant place results with or without an explicit query. We ranks places by checkins, proximity, likes, and comments; and focus on data from friends and other users with similar interests. We describe how search can play a key role in improving the quality of an organically created Places database – facilitating easier identification of duplicate and spammy data.
Sriram Sankar is a software engineer at Facebook. He got his PhD from Stanford University in 1989 and has worked at many Silicon Valley companies including Sun Microsystems, VMware, and Google.
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