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Allintext: Query Results Differing For Same Phrases


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#1 jsp1983

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Posted 23 March 2010 - 10:56 AM

I'm running an Allintext: query for two phrases, but the results are unexpected. One phrase contains the other, like so:

"Cheap red sprockets for sale" - 52,500 results
"sprockets for sale" - 6,680 results

The longer tail phrase has more results, despite the shorter phrase being contained within that phrase also.

Am I right to find this unusual? My expectations were that the longer phrase should have returned fewer results than the shorter one.

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Posted 23 March 2010 - 11:05 AM

Yes, you're right to find that unusual.

I think it just shows how Google's advanced command operators cannot be relied upon to provide valuable information (unfortunately).

I see all kinds of weird discrepancies with allintitle often, as well.

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Posted 23 March 2010 - 11:48 AM

QUOTE(Jill @ Mar 23 2010, 04:05 PM) View Post
Yes, you're right to find that unusual.

I think it just shows how Google's advanced command operators cannot be relied upon to provide valuable information (unfortunately).

I see all kinds of weird discrepancies with allintitle often, as well.


Well, that's good to know (sort of).

I'm inclined towards 'trusting' the larger number of results.




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