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zhang hong [PersonRank 0]

Thursday, May 27, 2010
10 years ago2,803 views

hi, pals!

my web-illiterate friends sometimes complaint, after they enter a keyword in google, they get too many results.

so i build a website "make google more exact" ( to erase irrelevant results.

this website is under beta test now. thank you for your comments.

ianf [PersonRank 10]

10 years ago #

I'm not your pal. Explain now to us how your "more igzakt" (points for novel spelling!) filtering works. Explain it by posting two target search paths, one direct via, the other via your engine, that will show us the benefit of using the latter.

When testing with your own search keys, I arrived at these two samples:

Via --------»

gives "About 1,270 results (0.14 seconds)" in the sub-frame ...

while the direct search returns "About 325 results (0.13 seconds)" ...

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ianf [PersonRank 10]

10 years ago #

Administrivia: I can not reproduce the second result now, but, when I originally run it, it DID deliver 323 results for the same keys as those "more igzakt." The second search string, before BGF robot mauled it was --------»

and the small result MAY HAVE depended on pages written solely in Swedish?

George R [PersonRank 10]

10 years ago #

Putting quotes around single words seems to change the top ten results and the result count. Setting filter=0 produced a larger result count.

compare these:

["countries" "bats" "evil omen"] filter=1 (1260 results) ...

["countries" "bats" "evil omen"] filter=0 (1260 results) ...

[countries bats "evil omen"] filter=1 (7040 results) ...

[countries bats "evil omen"] filter=0 (7160 results, previously 23700 results) ...

Roger Browne [PersonRank 10]

10 years ago #

I think putting quotes around single words has the same effect as putting a plus sign in front of them: it stops stemmed words from being substituted.

But this example seems to illustrate why Google makes stemming the default. If you want to know the countries in which bats are considered an evil omen, then it's just as useful to see a document which says "Bats are considered evil" as one which says "The bat is considered evil". So the search results should include matches for "bat" as well as for "bats".

It doesn't matter whether 300 or 1200 or 7000 results are returned, because you won't look at them all. What really matters is the quality of the results that appear on the first page or two.

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