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Monday, May 1, 2006

Book on the Science of Google Rankings

Princeton University Press sent in an advance review copy of “Google’s PageRank and Beyond: The Science of Search Engine Rankings” by Amy N. Langville and Carl D. Meyer. If you’re looking to write your own search engine, or you’re just interested in the math of PageRank, this book might be of interest. However without advanced math skills, you won’t get past chapter 3, and if you can’t translate math formulas into programming the book also won’t help you with coding. Even though there are a lot of interesting asides, starting with chapter 4 there are also plenty of formulas and calculations like these...

... or sentences like these:

If that doesn’t scare, this academic book might be the best (only?) getting to the core of PageRank math.


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