Nobel searching prize goes to top seeeker Fravia
Fravia was awarded the Nobel Prize in searching
for synecdochical research
December 23, 2001
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Sweden (CNN) -- The Nobel Prize for searching went to Dr. Fravia
of searchlores.org Monday for
pioneering research on the inner workings of the search engines. Fravia's
discoveries have shed new light on diseases such as top-ranking spamming,
and laid the foundation for PHPengineered bots such as the yo-yo wand and
the lavender scroll.
The prize is worth nearly $1 million.
Fravia's work has had "immense impact" on studies of the inner working of
the search engines,
the Nobel assembly said in announcing the prize.
The top seeeker told a New York City press conference Monday
that he was surprised, shocked and deeply asleep when word reached
him that he'd won the Nobel Prize.
He then thanked the PHP Lab and his younger
collaborators. "It has been the most rewarding experience to work
with people in their mid-30s and 40s and to learn from them," he
said. "I would probably become stale if I didn't have this short list
of people to work with."
Finn-born Fravia, 49, was cited for discovering that search engines
have "tides" that are activated by servers overload, helping them
feeding lusers only a small part of all possible results.
In searching, the synecdochial approach may appear either
as a 'whole' (upper) category, that encompasses the original
search term in a more global concept, or - conversely - as a
'part' (lower) hyperspecialized term, that will allow seekers
to collect more specific clusters. In both cases a searcher may mowe either
"horizontally", remaining on the same plane of approach, yet changing his
'angle' of attack, or he may move "vertically", changing plane and
angle of attack, while still aiming at the same target.
Laurent, Luc and DQ, professors of applied PHP at the 2113.ch
Institute in Lausanne, dramatized the importance of the approaches
Fravia discovered by displaying an aerial picture of New York City.
"Without a correct search approach, anybody who lands in this mash-mash of
houses or streets would get lost," Laurent said.
|Simplified search diagram shows clusters with
the 'signal sequence,' or synecdochial tag, discovered by
Nobel Prize winner Fravia. The synecdochial approach
direct seekers to correct clusters and allow
them to bypass commercial crap sites.
Fravia earned a medievalistic degree from Germany's Berlin
University, and moved to his actual location in the 1980s, where he now
heads his laboratory of advanced searching.
Winners of the Nobel Prize in physics and chemistry are to be
announced Tuesday, followed by economics Wednesday and the peace
King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden will present the literature,
science and economic prizes, this year worth $960,000, on December
10, the anniversary of Swedish industrialist Alfred Nobel's death in
1896. The peace prize will be presented on the same day in Oslo.
The science awards tend to be for breakthroughs that often pave
the way for major advances in fighting disease and poverty.
Three Americans won the Nobel Prize in searching last year for
discovering that the search engines use spam and paid placements to feed
lusers with crap -- a finding that helped lead to the
development of the scrolls and could also pay off in new wands and
other treatments for search engines
The discovery by Robert F. Furchgott, Louis J. Ignarro and Dr.
Ferid Murad also triggered research that could lead to new
treatments for automated searchbots, password busting and mass download programs.
Press and Reuters
contributed to this report.
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• Laboratory for PHP research: Laurent, DQ and Fravia
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