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Building Better Search Engines
July/August 2007 (vol. 9 no. 4)
pp. 7-11
Pam Frost Gorder, Contributing Editor
Filippo Menczer remembers the day in 1993 when he downloaded his first Web browser. He was a graduate student studying artificial intelligence (AI) at the University of California, San Diego. The Web was still relatively new, and there were no search engines to sort through it; users could only follow links from one page to another. Finding a specific piece of information required a combination of determination and serendipity. As he clicked through his first series of links, Menczer thought, "we're like ants searching for food!" Today, he's an associate professor of informatics at Indiana University, and he studies how the Web grows and evolves. Search engines have profoundly changed the way we use the Web, he says. Finding information is easy—so easy, in fact, that one common notion about search engines is that they bias Web traffic by directing people to popular sites and away from less popular, yet relevant, sites.
Index Terms:
Google, search engines, Internet Computing, Web, www
Citation:
Pam Frost Gorder, "Building Better Search Engines," Computing in Science and Engineering, vol. 9, no. 4, pp. 7-11, July-Aug. 2007, doi:10.1109/MCSE.2007.69
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