Msg#: 3478254 posted 7:10 am on Oct 16, 2007 (gmt 0)
I've seen this kind of semantic questioning at the top of search results, even for rather high profile businesses whose names are a bit "off" from common English. The suggestion is generated by algorithm, and that's just what we live with when we have machine "intelligence", I guess.
Msg#: 3478254 posted 4:44 pm on Oct 16, 2007 (gmt 0)
how do they come to suggest something that has no results?
I've only seen that happen with multiple-word searches in exact quotes. It seems clear they're parsing the query word by word and not taking the time to do a whole second search in order to see if the phrase makes sense.
Personally I find it to be quite accurate and quite useful. It's getting to the point where I don't double-check the spelling of my searches that closely any more, because I'm confident I'll be able to correct them with a single click.
It's a lot better than on eBay, where they guess what you meant to type, give you a page of search results about that instead, and even default the search box to match their assumption.
Msg#: 3478254 posted 10:02 pm on Oct 21, 2007 (gmt 0)
I don't pay much attention to that feature, although I do sometimes glance at it, just in case it's right. Other people I know - more 'regular internet users' - claim that the "did-you-mean" suggestions are uncannily correct. I guess if you have poor spelling or search for stuff you don't know much about, it's often on the mark.