Order from Chaos: Understanding Search Queries through Vectors

The Query2Vec pipeline and a foray into word embeddings

Myra Cheng
Sep 13, 2019 · 6 min read

How do learners browse around as a result of different searches? What topics are they looking for that we currently don’t provide? By examining search queries and their patterns, we can gauge learners’ interests and improve the site experience.

Sifting through queries to understand how our content is discovered, I quickly realized the difficulty of this task. Coursera gets millions of searches every day, so…