How Yelp Makes Sense of Users’ Searches

Implementing search pre-processing at Yelp:

People expect a lot out of search queries on Yelp. Understanding exact intent from a relatively vague text input is challenging. A few months ago, the Search Quality team felt like we needed to take a step back and reassess how we were thinking about a user’s search so that we could return better results for a richer set of searches.

via Yelp Product & Engineering Blog | Reading Between the Lines: How We Make Sense of Users’ Searches.