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about the hub



9:45 am on Nov 29, 2000 (gmt 0)

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Excuse me for my bad english, I am French.

I find this discussion about hub very interesting.
I have to questions about this theme :

1.do all search engine take into account the hub in their algorithm? (For my part, I heard altavista was the only)

2.What are the criteria that made a page a good hub?Is it the number of inbound links or the popularity of these links?

Thanks in advance for your help

David Camus
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9:56 am on Nov 29, 2000 (gmt 0)

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Hi David,

"Ainsi, les pivots et les autorités sont les types distincts de pages qui montrent une forme normale de la symbiose: un bon pivot se dirige à beaucoup de bonnes autorités, alors qu'une bonne autorité est dirigée à par beaucoup de bons pivots"
Warning - machine translation ;)

If you have not already done so take a look at Structural Analysis of the World Wide Web [w3.org] it will be a good starting point for your research.


10:21 am on Nov 29, 2000 (gmt 0)

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And for non Machine-French speakers...

An authority page has two features - 1) that the content is good (this is ultimately judged by a human for a core set of authority pages - eg by pinching a few from the ODP) and 2) that several good hub pages link to it.

A hub page has one feature - that it links to several good authority pages.

As can be seen, this is a bit of a circular argument if you consider pages in isolation. However, it really is just a set of several hundred simultaneous equations (bit of revision needed here for the Artists) in several hundred unknowns, and can be solved with matrix methods.

I say 'just a set of several hundred simultaneous equations' but it mustn't be forgotten that a famous aircraft designer of the early twentieth century spent 6 months solving a set of 70 equations in 70 unknowns by hand. The thing could now be done on a PC in the twinkling of an eye. Is the web still the greatest achievement of the electron?