Wang Liang, at SOSO.com, the third largest search engine in China, says that searchable bioinformatic databases could learn a lot from search engines that index Chinese language Web sites, according to the Physics arXiv Blog. Liang suggests that bioinformatic search engines adopt an inverted index approach, as a first step. "That dramatically simplifies things but there are various complexities that making the indexing process tricky.

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