New Google Ranking Patents

These two patents granted today to Google look like they hold some interesting approaches to using large amounts of data about pages and queries and user interactions to rank pages in search results. Ranking documents based on large data sets Invented by Jeremy Bem, Georges R. Harik, Joshua L. Levenberg, Noam Shazeer, and Simon Tong … Read more

Context Sensitive Stemming for Web Search

It is questionable how much most commercial search engines use stemming as part of the process involved in returning search results, because it could have the effect of reducing the relevance of search results, and because it can be a computationally expensive process. Researchers at Yahoo! take a second look at stemming, and how it … Read more

Search Engines Learning from Advanced Searchers?

There’s been a fair amount of research centered around looking at data involving user interactions with commercial search engines that may be helpful to those search engines in ranking and recommending pages. But some searchers may be better at finding relevant results than others. Understanding differences between different searchers, and their searching strategies may be … Read more

Google Mass Media Patent Applications

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Google Mass Media Patents Disclose an Interest in Entertainment Is it time for a new way to rate television shows? Could television and radio give us a much richer and more interactive experience than it presently does? The world of broadcast media has followed a pretty simple approach for years – broadcasters present entertainment and … Read more

Google Fighting Phishing Websites

A Google patent application from this morning describes a process of presenting an image overlay and disabling links on Web pages that are determined to likely be sites involved in attempting to masquerade as trustworthy to collect sensitive information from visitors, such as passwords or financially sensitive information. Browser system and method for warning users … Read more