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Wheres the REST of googles results ?


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#1 TheEgg

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Posted 14 April 2012 - 10:31 AM

I typed "tablet wallpaper" into google images. It says

"About 25,800,000 results"

I keep clicking "Show more results" until I get to "page" 50 and it ends with a picture that says "I heart ipad".

Then thats it. No button to load more results. Google said 25,800,000 results. That certainly wasn't 25,800,000 results.

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Posted 14 April 2012 - 12:10 PM

I did a search using your exact phrase and my results were: About 47,100,000 results (0.15 seconds)

A quick google search for a definition of those results netted:

Statistics Bar: Describes your search, includes the number of results on the current results page and an estimate of the total number of results, as well as the time your search took. For the sake of efficiency, Google estimates the number of results; it would take considerably longer to compute the exact number. This estimate is unreliable.


Bold is mine.

From the preceding I extrapolate that the guesstimation number is a product of Google's algorithm for every possibility of those two words and how they would be used as well as them being used combined. As well as possibly wall and paper individually . To get every single one of those guesstimated results you would likely need to refine your search parameters repeatedly. For example Samsung 'tablet wallpaper' then ipad 'tablet wallpaper' so on and so on. Not to mention probably include every known language as well. This is my theory.

Also there was this bit of information about search results:

Ordered by relevance to your query, with the result that Google considers the most relevant listed first. Consequently you are likely to find what you're seeking quickly by looking at the results in the order in which they appear. Google assesses relevance by considering over a hundred factors, including how many other pages link to the page, the positions of the search terms within the page, and the proximity of the search terms to one another.


Both quotes from: http://www.googleguide.com/results_page.html

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Posted 15 April 2012 - 05:47 PM

I did a search and got "About 72,000,000 results" on 51 pages...




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