August 17th, 2005, 05:06 AM
Google vs. Yahoo - Measuring Indices
No surprise, but interesting. The study focuses on results of less than a thousand returns -- the hard to find queries. Yahoo is clearly fudging.
Based on the data created from our sample searches, this study concludes that a user can expect, on average, to receive 166.9% more results using the Google search engine than the Yahoo! search engine. In fact, in the 10,012 test cases we ran, only in 3% of the cases (307) did Yahoo! return more results. In 96.6% of the cases (9676) Google returned more results. In less than 1% of the cases (29) both search engines returned the same number of results.
It is the opinion of this study that Yahoo!'s claim to have a web index of over twice as many documents as Google's index is suspicious. Unless a large number of the documents Yahoo! has indexed are not yet available to its search engine or if the Yahoo! search engine is not returning all the documents that match our specific search queries, we find it puzzling that Yahoo!'s search engine consistently returned fewer results than Google.
National Centre For Supercomputing Applications
August 17th, 2005, 05:24 AM
What about relevancy ?
A take on relevancy of results with some other reading:
Search Engine Watch
August 17th, 2005, 10:18 AM
El Reg has a take on this also
The Argentian writer Borges described the Falklands War as "two bald men fighting over a comb", and it's an apt description for the spectacle of the search engines, and their rival supporters, duking it out to bost who's has collected the most garbage.
August 17th, 2005, 02:22 PM
i use yahoo more than google for searches
Difficult takes a day, Impossible takes a week~Kthln01!