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Now search round trip travel routes in free text search bar!

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Our free text search bar now supports round trip search requests too and you don’t have to search twice for your round trip journey. Instead you can now search something like

Bangalore to Mumbai tomorrow morning and return on tomorrow night ,

and you will get both onward and return routes.  Or you can search something like

Delhi to kolkata by flight on friday and back on monday morning.

If you have observed my examples closely you must have noticed that free text search bar now  supports time range along with date too.  So you can have any of these time range in your search queries: morning, evening, tonight, noon, night,  afternoon etc.

So go ahead and try it out. 🙂

Spelling Mishtakes on a lovely friday morning

Friday, January 16th, 2009

We’ve seen that users when typing a query in free text search interface make quite a few spelling mistakes.

The poor engine at 90di still always tries and makes sense out of it. And you would love to know that in most cases it does not do too bad!

Lets look at some common and some comic spelling mistakes:

1) A genuine misspell of one letter (most common occurrences).
Particularly happens if an over-worked guy on a late Thursday evening, is trying to book a ticket to Hyderabad in a hurry.

Bangaloer to Hyderabda

This one is piece of cake 🙂 for the engine to understand. Verify it for yourself:
Bangaloer to Hyderabda

2) The second kind of query happens when some body is trying to get naughty with the system:

Bangalur to Hderbd

Looks like the engine can understand this also quite okay:
Bangalur to Hderbd

3) Now we have somebody who has learned to type only on her mobiles 😉

bnglr to hydrbd

Well, we don’t do too bad here either. Don’t believe it? See it for yourself:
bnglr to hydrbd

We invite you to try out some more funny spelling mistakes and provide us with your in-valve-able (oops invaluable) feedback.