Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Google Stops "Did You Mean: He Invented"

Google was recently reported to correct the following search queries via their “did you mean?” functionality:

she invented -> Did you mean: he invented
she scored -> Did you mean: he scored
she instructed -> Did you mean: he instructed
she saved -> Did you mean: he saved
she discovered -> Did you mean: he discovered
she golfed -> Did you mean: he golfed
The beliefs and preferences of those who work at Google, as well as the opinions of the general public, do not determine or impact our search results. Individual citizens and public interest groups do periodically urge us to remove particular links or otherwise adjust search results. Although Google reserves the right to address such requests individually, Google views the comprehensiveness of our search results as an extremely important priority. Accordingly, we do not remove a page from our search results simply because its content is unpopular or because we receive complaints concerning it.
From what I know Google’s spell-checker at its core works on phrases which are popular on the web, as opposed to manual edits. It might be Google engineers manually corrected this using a blacklist, or they advanced their algorithm to return more relevant spellcheckings for cases like these – it seems clear that a search query like “she invented” is not likely to be a misspelling

Saturday, May 19, 2007

My Hogwarts Express

I was very worried about my "36" hours journey from Delhi (H Nizamuddin) to Bangalore (Yesvantpur Jn). I was asking people who travel a lot in trains about what to do in such a long journey etc etc etc. However, it turned out to be a very enjoyable trip in my life. Never before had I experienced such a long journey and so enjoyable!

I would like to thank the rain god and the indian raliways. Thanks to former because of timely showers on day 1 and to latter because of their construction of the window panes to look like that of a typical dementor scene in Prisoner of Azkaban. To add to the "magical" atmosphere, the seat next to me was occupied by Her-my-oh-knee, oops! I meant a small, sweet and cute girl of 7th standard. (Hey Navleen! I have a confession to make. It wasn't you who was cheating, actually I was playing foul but then they say, 'everything is fair in war!') and in the same compartment were many-haired-weasleys! (Yes dude! you were right. I had written nothing for "R" and I was speaking on-the-spot to get points).

However, I had to curse myself when the train reached Secunderabad! By mistake I had deleted 1 number from my cellPhone and I seriously regret for having done that. Few of you know and others can easily guess the person whose number got deleted accidently.

Anyways, lots of work need to be done here at Bangalore.

The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.