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July 2000 Search Engine Size Test: Scoring & Notes

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This page provides scoring methodology and notes to the July 2000 Search Engine Size Test. If you haven't seen it, you should read that first. Click Here to read the test.

Scoring
also see notes, after this section

A search was conduced for each term at each search engine, and the total count for that term was recorded. For instance, a search for "hirple" on AltaVista found 38 matches. The total count for all terms combined is shown in the Total Count column. For example, for all four obscure terms, a total of 52 matches were found by AltaVista.

Search engines were given a score for each word tested. A top score was 1, if they found the most. Then the next highest ranking search engine was scored 2, and so on. If two search engines had scores near each other yet apart from other search engines, then they were given the same score. For example, Google and Northern Light both were scored 1 for "adcomsubordcomphibspac" because their counts were very close to each other yet way above the other search engines.

The scores for each term were average to come up with the Average Score for the search engine in the test. Scores were used rather than depending on the Total Count to rate search engines in order to better reflect how they did on all the tests. It prevents a high count for any one term from overshadowing the performance on all terms.

Here are the results for Obscure Terms:

Obscure Term

Alta
Vista

Ex
cite

FAST

Goo
gle

Hot
Bot

iWon

North Light

Yahoo-
Google

Yahoo-
Inktomi

adcomsubord
comphibspac

7

6

7

13

4

4

11

7

4

subderma
toglyphic

5

4

6

6

6

6

4

4

2

misconju
gatedly

2

3

2

4

2

2

1

2

1

hirple

38

21

47

48

42

41

48

33

13

Total Count

52

34

62

71

54

53

64

46

20

adcomsubord
comphibspac

2

2

2

1

3

3

1

2

3

subderma
toglyphic

2

3

1

1

1

1

3

3

4

misconju
gatedly

3

2

3

1

3

3

4

3

4

hirple

3

5

1

1

2

2

1

4

6

Average Score

2.5

3.0

1.8

1.0

2.3

2.3

2.3

3.0

4.3

Here are the results for Unusual Terms:

Unusual Terms

Alta
Vista

FAST

Goo
gle

Hot
Bot

iWon

North Light

Yahoo
-Google

Yahoo
-Inktomi

llanfairpwllgwyn
gyllgogerychwyrn
drobwllllantysilio
gogogoch

676

770

0

116

125

21

0

1

furbish

4,475

5,519

5,583

1,700

1,637

2,970

2,901

1,496

aegilops

2,281

2,706

2,788

2,200

2,207

1,559

1,333

531

unununium

3,012

2,937

4,787

100

133

1,332

4,604

50

kangiqsualujjuaq

603

648

947

700

684

619

418

269

Total Finds

5,904

6,296

8,531

3,013

3,037

3,523

6,368

869

llanfairpwllgwyn
gyllgogerychwyrn
drobwllllantysilio
gogogoch

2

1

6

3

3

4

6

5

furbish

2

1

1

4

4

3

3

5

aegilops

2

1

1

2

2

3

3

4

unununium

2

2

1

4

4

3

1

5

kangiqsualujjuaq

4

3

1

2

2

4

5

6

Average Score

2.4

1.6

2.0

3.0

3.0

3.4

3.6

5.0

Here are the results for Popular Terms:

Popular AltaVista FAST

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