graeme_p - 9:31 am on Mar 17, 2010 (gmt 0)
TThey did use a damping factor of 0.85. Brin and Page's own presentation in 1998 says so [ilpubs.stanford.edu:8090 ]
My point is that a damping factor is not essential, so you cannot be sure that it is still used. The paper also mentions varying the damping factor or only applying it to certain pages.
Consider what happens if every page splits its FULL PageRank vote to the pages that it links to
That is exactly what happens in the example I liked to, and it does not go off the graph.
Anyway it does not really matter, and I am really just quibbling because I find the maths interesting. My defence is that quibbling is probably as useful as anything else that comes out page rank threads!