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Strange Google behaviour: more hits when limited to one language.
Thread poster: Klaus Herrmann

Klaus Herrmann  Identity Verified
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Oct 27, 2004

A search for a term on Google ("core crack") yields 4180 hits. Limiting the search to hits from German language sites returns 21.800 hits. Does this make any sense at all?

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Siegfried Armbruster  Identity Verified
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Check your settings Oct 27, 2004

Hi
have you checked the settings for:
Suche: X Das Web
In "settings" (Einstellungen) you may have limited the search to a strange country. I do get 790.000 google hits for "core crack" when searching the web.

regards
Siggi


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Klaus Herrmann  Identity Verified
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Exact term search Oct 27, 2004

If you had 780.000 hits, you didn't search for the exact term. The quotation marks have to be entered as well in order to produce the effect...

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Derek Gill Franßen  Identity Verified
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That is strange indeed! Oct 27, 2004

Hi Klaus,

I get the exact same results (and 13800 hits for sites from Germany, i.e. not necessarily in German) - that is weird! I checked all of my settings and use them actively; everything is set the way it is supposed to be (as far as I can tell). There is nothing about it in the FAQ, though it may have something to do with their rating system (PageRank)... Something strange is going on.

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Derek


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Selçuk Budak  Identity Verified
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Strangely enough, I got 4,790 hits Oct 27, 2004

It is really strange. I got only 4,790 hits when quoted. My preferences are set to "any language, anywhere, anytime," etc.

As a confirmation, when the language is set to German, hits rise to 21,700

And still strange, when the language is set to English,
I get 36,200

When combined (English & Genman), the result is 4,630


[Edited at 2004-10-27 18:19]

More results:

English + Turkish = 38,700
English + Spanish = 38,700
English + French = 38,900
English + Traditional Chinese = 38,900


[Edited at 2004-10-27 18:23]


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Christel Zipfel  Identity Verified
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Same results as you, Klaus Oct 27, 2004

When limiting to Italian, however, I get only 11 hits... this is really funny!

[Edited at 2004-10-27 18:20]


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Jerzy Czopik  Identity Verified
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Please note, that Google gives "approx nnnn hits" Oct 27, 2004

and not the exact number.
Maybe if you go to the last search pages in German, you would get the message "The other hits are very similar to the allready shown and are not shown..."

I do not know the Google algorithmus for searching, but I often got hits on same web pages, shown by Google at different pages with search results. This means, that when I searched for the term, the same page was refered more than once, but not on the same search page, showing 10 results, but on another search page.

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Jerzy


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Luca Tutino  Identity Verified
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This must be a bug in the software! Oct 27, 2004

Jerzy Czopik wrote:
I do not know the Google algorithmus for searching, but I often got hits on same web pages, shown by Google at different pages with search results.


However this does not explain why a search with no language specifier gives about 5,000 results & a search with Ger or Eng specifiers gives 38,000 results. (BTW Italian results are only 11)


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Heinrich Pesch  Identity Verified
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Only 1 for Finnish Oct 28, 2004

So that's fair enough!

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Harry Bornemann  Identity Verified
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Google tradition Oct 28, 2004

Some years ago I had a similar question and asked Google about it. As an answer they sent me the link to their help page..

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schmurr  Identity Verified
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It also happens if you add an exclusion word Oct 29, 2004

- but, as Jerzy hinted, the number of total results given has little value: if you view one result page after the other, it stops long before you reach that number, even if it is below 1000, with the message Jerzy mentioned: "The other hits are very similar..."
Greetings from the greyest town in the world, Udine
Martin


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