Updating Google’s Historical Data Patent, Part 1 – Freshness

In March, one of the more interesting patent filings from Google was granted, Information retrieval based on historical data. I had discussed it on forums when the original patent application came out in March of 2005, but didn’t provide a write up of the document here. I realized a few weeks ago that I probably … Read more Updating Google’s Historical Data Patent, Part 1 – Freshness

Search Engines Extracting Table Data on the Web

extracting table data

Googlebot Extracting Table Data The Web is filled with page after page after page of data. That data is usually organized differently from one site and one page to another, and contained in text, in pictures, in videos, in audio, in columns, in rows, in frames, and many other formats. Web from Automania via a … Read more Search Engines Extracting Table Data on the Web

How a Search Engine Might Handle Singular and Plural Queries

singular and plural queries

When you’re searching for something on the Web, does it matter whether you use the singular or plural version of a word in your search? For example, let’s say that you are looking for a new pair of sneakers to go jogging in, and you want to find the right combination of comfort and support, … Read more How a Search Engine Might Handle Singular and Plural Queries