jmccormac - 9:24 pm on Apr 26, 2012 (gmt 0) [edited by: jmccormac at 9:29 pm (utc) on Apr 26, 2012]
@Irishsolar Yep but the thing about Google's attempt at AI is that they have probably have a good set of historical data with which to kickstart their effort. And we don't know precisely what they are doing in terms of algorithmic development.
@Leosghost I've probably made more than enough of those eejit comments. :) But I'm not just a webmaster (though my HTML/CSS has been known to make grown web developers cry) - I also build country level search engine indices and am currently building an Irish search engine. (Approx 1M pages indexed with another 500K pending.) I've been closely checking queries and qualities on both. Part of the motivation was that I was looking to buy a whiteboard and when I went and searched on Google, the results were really bad - other continent bad. Interestingly the Adwords adverts were accurate to country level. After the compromised sites issue, the biggest problem with building a good index is the clone site/webspam issue. I developed a relatively simple algorithm to clean the index and it seems to work well. If I can do it then Google with its masses of experts should be able to build a better one as I don't scale well horizontally. :)
[edited by: jmccormac at 9:29 pm (utc) on Apr 26, 2012]