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Can Search Engines such as Altavista, Excite and Google match search keywords with synonyms? Like, if I did a search for puppies, would the S.E. also search for dogs, K-9's, etc. and turn up pages that may not even have 'puppies' in them, but synonyms or other related words?
Thanks for the time and help
My research: With almost 200 searches, studying the top five results in each return from AV, Infoseek/Go and Lycos. That's about 3,000 pages of text with meta tags, the only link was where the meta tags had the information.
I don't fancy doing that lot again.
It really is pretty simple and AV has already come up with a way to do it. They spidered the yahoo database and then came up with a common vector for each yahoo category. This then allows them to recognize all common terms for each specific industry.
But from everything that I've read this wasn't developed to be included in the search results. The reason they developed this was so that they could make a directory that automatically sorts sites into the most relevant categories.