TypeAhead Product Survey

Market research on existing TypeAhead products

Published on Tuesday, 01 February 2022

What is TypeAhead?

By Typeahead we are referring to auto complete suggestion products.

A nice high level introduction and general guidelines of predictive search ca be found at algolia blog - What is predictive search? What is autocomplete?

System Design Examples

Here are some example of system Design,

Autocomplete APIs

Some existing Autocomplete APIs,

Google TypeAhead team provides a high level overview in their blog posts, google blog - How Google autocomplete works in Search

You'll notice we call these autocomplete "predictions" rather than "suggestions" and there's a good reason for that. Autocomplete is designed to help people complete a search they were intending to do, not to suggest new types of searches to be performed. These are our best predictions of the query you were likely to continue entering.

They identifies areas of integrity as well.

google query autocomplete api related references

Google Cloud Platform Autocomplete Products

On the frontend side, we got following examples,

Summary

Twitter's typeahead works as nice example on frontent side: static typeahead prediction.

We can start with a bootstrap and then gradually build a dataset from people's interactions. It is an interesting problem find good quality dataset to cover some category of predictions.

NOTE: this article might seem highly technical, let us know in comments if you have any question or have specific questions.