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here is an example:
Searched for: days out in america
AlltheWeb Rewritten query to:
days "out in" america
Here is AlltheWebs explanation:
Your query was rewritten into days "out in" america by adding quotes to common phrases - repeat without rewrite - customize
Is this new? Very nifty ;-)
The query rewrite is based on lingusitic analysis. It's an attempt at better understanding and answering of user queries. It's a step into what several engines have been dabbling with: handling natural language.
We have added linguistic analysis of queries that detects common phrases and automatically quotes those. Our phrase dictionary includes the names of people, places, and things. Also, we have added anti-phrase detection to remove non-interesting parts of your query. ... We're no longer just matching search terms - we're interpreting the user's intention and displaying results accordingly.source: [alltheweb.com...]
just found an old thread:
Actually many people feel a search engine for the masses shouldn't have too much features, at least not visible features.
Most users never change anything on a search engines options panel, most don't know even basics like adding quotes.
One reason to make those features very visible at ATW was for customers, portals from all the world, to see the tech in action.
The fact that ATW has become a favourite of information pros was a mere side effect.
But then - I don't think the ATW team would object to a little word of mouth effect :)