[Corpora-List] Re: problems with Google
mou_softwin at yahoo.com
Sat Mar 26 05:48:00 CET 2005
It looks like Google resumed the support for the wildcard ("*").
"what does mean" returns 13,500 results
"what does * mean" returns 8,260,000 results
"what does * * mean" returns 1,890,000 results
--- Pascal Soucy <pascal.soucy.1 at ulaval.ca> wrote:
> Googles does that with all stopwords. If you search for:
> what does "the" "the" mean, you'll get the same behavior. Google ignores
> stopwords (and * seems to managed as a stopword).
> Both the queries:
> what does "*" mean
> what does "*" "*" mean
> results in about the same list of documents. The difference between the two
> occurs in the ranking process. The ranking algorithm likely use term proximity
> so to better match the query as it is written and it keep the position of
> stopwords in the query to do that.
> Pascal Soucy
> Selon John Milton <lcjohn at ust.hk>, 17.03.2005:
> > I just discovered that Google seems to have retained some use of the
> > wildcard for words if you use double quotes with the asterisk. A search
> > for "what does "*" mean" and "what does "*" "*" mean" results MAINLY in
> > any one and two words respectively. If anyone else is using web searches
> > as language learning/teaching resources, this also looks promising:
> > http://www.findforward.com/
> > John Milton
> > Hong Kong University of Science & Technology
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