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How big is Fast?

 7:38 pm on Mar 14, 2001 (gmt 0)

Dose anybody have an idea of how big Fast's database is? I thought it was well over 1 billion pages but I have recently seen other sources saying it was around 350 million. Thanks



 9:51 pm on Mar 14, 2001 (gmt 0)

From their corporate site [fast.no]:

First launched in May of 1999 with an index of 80 Million documents, FAST Search has grown tremendously in a very short time, spidering 1.5 Billion documents. After reduction of duplicate pages, this provides for an index of over 575 Million high-quality unique documents.


 10:05 pm on Mar 14, 2001 (gmt 0)

Thanks for the info Jan. That is what I was looking for.


 2:19 pm on Mar 23, 2001 (gmt 0)

That has to be pretty dated though - 6 months ago - a life time in se time.


 2:28 pm on Mar 23, 2001 (gmt 0)

Greg Notess of Search Engine Showdown did some interesting analysis last October. At that time he found Fast to have the largest dB.

Relative Size Showdown [notess.com]

Google do tend to exaggerate a little ;), their figure includes pages that they know about but have not spidered


 11:28 pm on Mar 23, 2001 (gmt 0)

Also Fast removes duplicate pages - Google does not.

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