tedster - 5:32 pm on Jul 2, 2011 (gmt 0)
Right - essentially, the seed set was chosen for a different set of criteria. And then a lot of crunching over a wide set of data. As you probably know, Google collects a lot of data signals that are not currently active in the algorithm. So there is a lot to set the learning program to work on.
And then there's the massive job of building the predictive algorithm - essentially a massive and complex decision tree based on all the isolated factors. It was a breakthrough by Mr Panda in this area that made the new algo possible.
it spells the demise of endless low cost, low value add, slippery (as opposed to sticky) SEO-driven competition in commerce searches!
I think you've got it. Anyone who's been playing that game should be smelling the coffee by now.