Googlean logic. Are Google’s counts faked?
January 30th, 2005

In a posting on Technologies du Langage Jean Véronis analyzes the algorithm’s approximations of Google’s Boolean logic.

Today Jean adds in a new comment that “it shows that the number of results returned by Google is mathematically impossible. It could be a bug (a major one, though), or that they are inflating the index size for marketing reasons. I don’t know, but there is something fishy”.

“I’ve found much more — and much more disturbing. The counts themselves are flawed in a major way, even if you don’t use any “advanced” (or not so advanced) search capabilites”.

In any case, I would not recommend professional uses of Google’s counts (such as “Google linguistics“). Yahoo! seems more reliable — or are they simply cleverer?

Thank you Jean !


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