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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

7 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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KentsOkaylemonie

Reply 7 years ago

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

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V-Man737

7 years ago

Eric... Clapton

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Kiteman

7 years ago

Kiteman
Lemonie
Disney
Hippopotamus
Tired
Good night.

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lemonieKiteman

Reply 7 years ago

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

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Kitemanlemonie

Reply 7 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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lemonieKiteman

Reply 7 years ago


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

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KitemanKiteman

Reply 7 years ago

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

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NachoMahma

7 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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lemonieNachoMahma

Reply 7 years ago

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

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kelseymhNachoMahma

Reply 7 years ago

Are those Google results, or specifically YouTube?

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caitlinsdad

7 years ago

Instructables takes INSTR to come up on google and yahoo.

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lemoniecaitlinsdad

Reply 7 years ago


Considering the letters that's quite good thanks.

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kelseymh

7 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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lemoniekelseymh

Reply 7 years ago

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

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