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Anonymous asked in Computers & InternetInternetGoogle · 10 years ago

Google fakes the number of results it finds?

How is this possible? It seems they lie, or over exaggerate (by about 10,000 times) the amount of results they find, here's a few examples.

http://www.google.co.uk/search?hl=en&client=firefo...

About 561,000 results (0.06 seconds)

If you go to the last page though, page 32 then it tells you that there's only 319 results, even if you keep in omitted results it still only comes out at about 390

http://www.google.co.uk/search?q=%22I+was+born+in+...

Page 33 of about 319 results (0.10 seconds)

With omitted

http://www.google.co.uk/search?q=%22I+was+born+in+...

Page 39 of 390 results (0.16 seconds)

You can use this for almost any search term and it will over exaggerate the amount of results by a few billion/million/hundred thousand.

Update:

Glenn, I posted a link with the option to make it keep omitted results in, it still only returns 390 results.

Update 2:

Hillary, please learn how google works. I searched in quotation marks which means, search for this exact term.

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  • 10 years ago
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    Matt Cutts (head of google's spam team) states, "The answer to the headline’s question 'Is Google Guilty Of Deliberate Query Sabotage?' is no. We’ve talked about the fact that results estimates are just estimates for years." cite: http://searchengineland.com/why-google-cant-count-...

    Turns out it's all about estimates and they say that they have better things to do than fix the results feature. Nice huh?

  • 10 years ago

    No, they don't lie. The way google works, is finding the common terms that you searched. Like, if you searched "The Cat in the Hat," it would search all pages and all books on the internet for the word "The" and same for the rest. The websites that come up at the top, have the most common terms of your search out of all of the other articles, books, etc..Here are a few websites that I found on helping to navigate google a little more effectively.

    http://www.googleguide.com/google_works.html

    http://www.dailybits.com/6-better-ways-to-search-g...

    http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2010/04/10...

    Please check out all of them, I am sure that it will help you understand google a little better.

    Hope this helps! <3

  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

    Do you mean like how Sigmund Freud squeezed his data to conform to his theories? Fudging is one word, going in search of data to support a conclusion already made beforehand is called A Priori, a mainstay of Creationist 'science'.

  • Anonymous
    10 years ago

    It is omitting duplicate results (multiple content that fulfills search criteria within the same website/webpage).

    I've noticed this as well.

    Source(s): IT Technician / Security Professional / Network Professional
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  • Anonymous
    10 years ago

    ya its ommited the result but after that it the page count @ page no.1 is decrease after page 20-40. its happen with me many times.

    http://www.google.com/search?aq=f&sourceid=chrome&...

  • Anonymous
    10 years ago

    ladies and gentlemen, someone trying to figure out scripting logic.

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