6/22/2009: A first look at hunch.com
I just took a quick look at hunch.com, one of several new decision engines that is intended to help users answer questions (unlike a traditional search engine, which simply posts links to sites that match search queries).
While this sounds like a good idea, I've yet to find a decision engine that provided really useful results.
To test hunch, I tried the decision aid 'What's the best dog breed for me?' posted by hunch staffer Jonathan Russell:
The results came nowhere near matching my preferences. In contrast, try the Dog Breed Selection on the Iams.com website, which consistently gives detailed and accurate results:
Hunch seems to be based on the decision-tree technique, taught in basic computer science classes as much as 30 years ago. It relies on a community of users to enhance the decision aids and lead to more accurate answers. It's cute, but unfortunately it just doesn't lend itself to useful or accurate results.
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