Bigtable is a Google database technology that computer scientists have been curious about since we published it. A query classifier is unlikely to be able to label this query as “video oriented.” It doesn’t explicitly ask for videos and it’s just too far down the long tail to learn much from user behavior. You’ve simply got to go and check whether there are any good videos. That’s what we now do, and what turns up in our video index is a highly rated lecture by its designer, Jeff Dean, delivered at the University of Washington—a superb if surprising addition to academic articles already on the page. … [Read more...] about An Insider’s View Of Google Universal Search
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A programmable search engine system is programmable by a variety of different entities, such as client devices and vertical content sites to customize search results for users. Context files store instructions for controlling the operations of the programmable search engine. … [Read more...] about The Expertise of Google Custom Search Engines vs. the Wisdom of Crowds
The promise of personalization is that the more Google knows about your interests, the less likely it should be that you’ll get “generic” results and more likely to get results from deeper in the index that more closely match what you’re looking for—the holy grail of finding the needle in the haystack, or what Chris Anderson has called “the long tail.” What this means practically is that some of personalized search results should be surfaced by Google in the set beyond the first 100 results for a search term. … [Read more...] about Study Asks, Can You Trust Google’s Personalized Search Results?
Kovacevich response to her about the Google Play question was “I don’t know,” and that’s not surprising, because Google Play might not be considered these days part of the Android source code. I don’t know myself (it’s a weird situation that doesn’t seem to come up much). He reiterated again, however, that the statement he was correcting was about the search default. … [Read more...] about Google Doesn’t Require Google Search On Android, Despite What FairSearch & Microsoft Want You To Believe
From Google’s perspective they use any signal that is available for them, more than 200 of them. They have to make sure they are accurate and good. They will use any signal, whether it is organic or not. Chris discusses the link graphs and how it is common sense now, but what about the knowledge graph? Google wants to return to users the answers that they are looking for, and that’s what drives them. Google is increasingly investing in understanding the real meaning of each query so that they can return the right answer. … [Read more...] about Interview with Amit Singhal, Google Fellow