[LINK] Google News Doesn't Add Up

rene rene.ln at libertus.net
Wed Mar 2 19:19:43 AEDT 2011

On Wed, 2 Mar 2011 15:18:10 +1100, 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.

Matt Cutts of Google says that Google has always said the results count is 
only an estimate:
	"...We've talked about the fact that results estimates are just estimates 
for years, see e.g. ... We try to be very clear that our results estimates 
are just that--estimates. In theory we could spend cycles on that aspect of 
our system, but in practice we have a lot of other things to work on, and 
more accurate results estimates is lower on the list than lots of other 

More on the issue here:

Why Google Can't Count Results Properly
Oct 21, 2010 at 6:54pm ET by Danny Sullivan


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