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6:45 pm on Jan 18, 2006 (gmt 0)

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U.S. Internet search giant Google is gaining on local rival Baidu in the race to dominate the fast-growing Chinese search engine market, according to a research firm's survey.

Google gains ground in China [today.reuters.com]

And prior to that, another survey suggests:

China's wealthiest entrepreneurs prefer to use Chinese Internet search engine Baidu.com instead of rival Google, according to the results of a recent survey conducted by Hurun Report, a Chinese magazine.

entrepreneurs prefer Baidu [networkworld.com]
8:15 pm on Jan 18, 2006 (gmt 0)

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A survey of 600 people prefer Baidu. That's a laughably inconsequential survey.
2:12 am on Jan 19, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Tom, and the other survey was on 1200. Not a big difference. Either way it's a sample from which (if conducted properly) one can draw statistical conclusions (which are often times better then p...ing on the wind types of guesses, but essentially are the same)
4:35 am on Jan 19, 2006 (gmt 0)

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>> A survey of 600 people prefer Baidu. That's a laughably inconsequential survey.

Not really, provided that it was done properly. Sure the margin of error would be around 5%, but that's still good enough

7:07 am on Jan 20, 2006 (gmt 0)

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A survey of 600 people prefer Baidu.But the thing to be noticed is what type of people have been interviewed.I mean whether they are normal users or they are in some way addicted to search engines,coz local people will prefer Baidu ahead of Google but people looking for specific details may look for Google.Thats why the category is important.
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Not really, provided that it was done properly.

It wasn't done properly, they looked at a homogenous group rather than a heterogenous group. It's representative of nothing.

1:18 am on Jan 22, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Google is great, when I search English materials, i definitely use google. but if chinese stuff, i prefer baidu.com.or yahoo.cn
Hopefully google will do better in China.
The result of the survey is accurate indeed.
all the online users I know well around 20 people prefer baidu.com they are university graduate and at beginning of working life.
1:23 am on Jan 22, 2006 (gmt 0)

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>> they looked at a homogenous group rather than a heterogenous group. It's representative of nothing.

it represents the thinking of that homogeneous group they surveyed, in this case the rich ones. If you want to see what the rich think, you don't survey the poor :)

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It wasn't done properly, they looked at a homogenous group rather than a heterogenous group. It's representative of nothing.

you don't seems to know much about statistics/statistical analysis.