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When There Are Search Providers

By Anthony Powell

Information on different topics is available from the World Wide Web with more than 800 million pages of relevant content but based on a new study by a team of computer scientists people are only guided to half of these pages by Internet search engines. In terms of indexing the Web, search engines are failing to exert much effort. What a firm for computer and communications owns is an institute.

There was one similar study done at the end of 1997 and they were able to find out that from the top six search engines came about a 60 percent coverage of the Web and from this the top search engine was able to hit one third of all sites. There was a report last February that came from a well known journal saying that what was found was just 42 percent of all sites in a test of 11 top search engines and there was no program that was able to cover more than about 16 percent of the Web.

Concerning the Web, it promised to finally make an effort to equalize access to information but what search engines are doing nowadays is focusing more on indexing the sites that have more links to them and as these popular sites gain more publicity those which have good information are often disregarded.

More than double of their first estimate of 320 million pages is the amount of Internet information and content and so there needs to be more patrolling in this case for the new estimate was just discovered 14 months later. In terms of the Web, it has 6 trillion bytes of information but 20 trillion bytes comes from the library of congress. Researchers engaged in a random surfing exercise of 2,500 Web sites and they found out that there was close to 3 million servers available publicly each one with 289 pages.

Although they mentioned that it is possible for the Net to have even more information considering that just a few sites may have millions of pages. What they did was run a test on the servers and the results came back with data showing how 83 percent of them contained commercial content company Web pages and catalogues, 2 percent had pornographic content, 2 percent were personal Web pages, just about 3 percent had information on health, and about 6 percent had information on science and education. It is not because of the volume but the techniques utilized by search engines that make so much of the Web hard to find.

There are two main methods when it comes to locating pages and search providers can either follow links or make use of user registration. Because the engines follow links to find new pages, they are more likely to find and index pages that have more links to them, making for a biased sample of the Web, the researchers write. It’s not a matter of not having the ability to do the indexing, but more of the fact that resources have been devoted to other benefits to users, like free email or other services that many customers may find valuable.

There is a search engine expert and according to him a lot of people usually do not notice what they are not seeing because most of the information requests are simple. This imbalance in cataloguing may continue for a few more years, but ultimately I think it’s going to reverse because the rate of increase in computer resources is going to be faster than the production of information content by humans to be posted on new sites.

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