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Help sought for Internet-research Answered


This week I had cause to look-up The Lumberjack Song on YouTube.

I found that it only took "lum" - just 3 characters - to get a link to exactly what I wanted (out of the entire content on the site). I wasn't that surprised, but 3 is few.
(You can get ZZ-Top with one "z")

Would some people please try thinking of something and seeing how many characters it takes?
*I don't mean popping one letter in and picking something, I'm after a measure of how well the internet serves us-up what we want.

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KentsOkay
KentsOkay

10 years ago

On youtube:
Teenage Dirtbag (Teenage Dream really dominated this search)
Ramble On Led Zeppelin
Thunderstruck
M1_Garand
General Lee
Dream On Neil Patrick Harris
DOA Foo Fighters
Halestorm
The Misfits

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KentsOkay
KentsOkay

Reply 10 years ago

Been in trouble with the law since they day the was born...

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lemonie
lemonie

Reply 10 years ago


short!

L

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Kiteman
Kiteman

10 years ago

Kiteman
Lemonie
Disney
Hippopotamus
Tired
Good night.

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lemonie
lemonie

Reply 10 years ago

Disney is interesting, but so is "hippo-" thanks

L

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Reply 10 years ago

I don't think many people search for Greece, or Franc...

Germany faired better, though, and England was even better.

(NB Using google.co.uk)


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lemonie
lemonie

Reply 10 years ago


England at 2, that seems like what this clever-stuff should be doing.

L

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Reply 10 years ago

(I'm sure France had an "e" on when I typed it...)

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NachoMahma
NachoMahma

10 years ago

immigrant song
dude looks like a lady
last train to clarksville
i wish i was your mother
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rory gallagher
five man electrical band
cream
dean friedman

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lemonie
lemonie

Reply 10 years ago

Cream is a good one, makes me wonder if there are a lot of peeps typing 3 characters and thinking WTF?

lL

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kelseymh
kelseymh

Reply 10 years ago

Are those Google results, or specifically YouTube?

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caitlinsdad
caitlinsdad

10 years ago

Instructables takes INSTR to come up on google and yahoo.

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lemonie
lemonie

Reply 10 years ago


Considering the letters that's quite good thanks.

L

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kelseymh
kelseymh

10 years ago

Thyristor (to take a recent example :-) requires five characters, and even then, the next three options are all "thyroid" (i.e., assuming a misspelling).

Not that this isn't "the Internet" per se. I'm referring to Google's "auto completion" algorithm, which depends on both the dictionary of what content is being searched as well as the database of what searches have been conducted previously. Wikipedia, for example, will give different distributions because they have different content than Google.

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lemonie
lemonie

Reply 10 years ago

Hmm, I guess few people use search-terms that begin with thyr- (unless it is thyroid)?
Interesting, thanks.

L