Friday, January 28, 2005

Web: Google's counts faked?
(Technologies du Langage - France)

“The first screen is a query for the on the entire web (i.e. the part Google claims it's indexing), the second for the, restricted to English pages only. There is a small oddity that was already noticed by many people: the count for the on the entire Web is rounded at 8 billions exactly, which is a bit suspicious. But this is not my point.

The query for the in English pages returns only 88 million pages, i.e. just above 1% of the Web total. I have some trouble accepting this result, which would mean that nearly 99% of occurrences of the string the occur [sic] in non-english pages.”