[LINK] Google News Doesn't Add Up
brd at iimetro.com.au
Wed Mar 2 15:51:00 AEDT 2011
On 2/03/2011 3:18 PM, Roger Clarke wrote:
> We know that Google's search-engine hit-counts either (a) are
> designed to deliver semi-nonsense numbers, or (b) reflect one, some
> or many bugs.
> And of course Google News uses the same engine over a constrained
> search-space, so it inherits the same 'features'.
> Nonetheless, some analyses I was just doing cause me to ask:
> Has Google redefined base 10 arithmetic?
> Any elucidations much appreciated.
> (Yes, what follows is base promotional activity. But I was actually
> trying to use that particular search-string in order to assess an
> NGO's media impact over time).
> Go to Google News:
> Type in: "Australian Privacy Foundation"
> Get 2 hits [for the last month - we've been on good behaviour lately]
> To get the long-term view, hit 'Archives', get moved, and get 288 hits:
> Choose 'Sorted by Date', and get 289 hits:
But the first thing that last query gives is:
Your search - "Australian Privacy Foundation" - did not match any news
But it then tells you about 288 results.
After the first result [Result 1] is a link to:
All results for "Australian Privacy Foundation" »
Which, when you click it, you get about 63,900 hits
Probably base ten.
If you click on the X of the Archives row (above the first result), it
says it's found two results but shows three., the first of which is the
same as on the 288 result page [Result 1]. Once again, after [Result 1]
you get the same option for All results for "Australian Privacy
Which, when you click it, gets back to about 63,900 hits
Again probably base ten.
I'm starting to lose interest about now.
email: brd at iimetro.com.au
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