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Product Report: DolphinSearch

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Product Information

Special versions for Legal, Litigation and Email searching

Platform: proprietary hardware included
Price: The price is $0.15 per doc for the first million, $0.10 thereafter. The minimum installation is $24K; for Litigation support, ranges from $0.10 - $0.20/page; E-mail search is $0.60/Megabyte.


  • Uses Neural Networks to perform pattern and concept recognition in text
  • Designed for specific domains, especially Intranets and law firms, using training documents
  • Does not require human editors
  • Recognizes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, e-mail, PDF, Lotus Notes files as well as HTML
  • Easy to install, hardware configures itself and does not require server space.

Articles & Reviews

  • DolphinSearch's KnowledgeBox Trawls Networks; October 17, 2000 by Matthew Herper
    Information about the company, product and distribution network, with comments from the company founders and industry analysts.

  • Ride Dolphin Through Web Waters PCWorld; May 5, 2000 by David Essex
    Describes the technology, with reaction from an MIT scientist who tried a demonstration version.

  • Firms combine search tools to uncover the best answers ITWeek UK, February 10, 2000 by Kris Sangani
    Describes both KnowledgeBox from DolphinSearch and Autonomy's Knowledge Server. DolphinSearch is based on cognitive and syntactical paterns of languge, while Autoomy looks for mathematical patterns within documents and fits them with in a structured taxonomy. Analyst Ashim Pal looks forward to improved technology such as that pioneered by DolphinSearch, but suggests that organizations work on categorization and integration with document management systems.

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