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Google bug [Jan. 31st, 2005|02:06 pm]
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[User Picture]From: theswede
2005-01-31 12:16 pm (UTC)
Where's the bug?
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[User Picture]From: arvindn
2005-01-31 01:05 pm (UTC)
Google thinks wikkipedia is the correct spelling of wikipedia. Sure looks like a bug to me.
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[User Picture]From: theswede
2005-01-31 01:08 pm (UTC)
That's not what "Did you mean:" is; it's not *correction*, it's *alternatives*. And if you search on wikkipedia, you'll find it is rather a common spelling.

I now see what you mean, but it's no bug, since that is not intended as any form of spelling correction. And it is a perfectly valid alternative, as some research will show you (now, that is irony!). ;)
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[User Picture]From: arvindn
2005-01-31 01:40 pm (UTC)
Wikkipedia has 418 hits, as opposed to 21 million for wikipedia. I totally fail to see how it is a common spelling. Besides, the alternate spelling is suggested only when I have the a's before and after the word. Can you explain that?
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[User Picture]From: theswede
2005-01-31 01:44 pm (UTC)
Yes, I can. The alternative spellings are based on statistical significance. When you add the a's, you skew the bias of the statistics, and the expert system engine shows you the alternate spellings for wikipedia. If you don't add the a's, it sees the ratio is so low between "wikkipedia" and "wikipedia" that there is no point in displaying the alternate spelling.

Caveat emptor; I used to design AI systems for a living.
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[User Picture]From: fallibledragon
2005-01-31 02:41 pm (UTC)
Yea, I think it suggests silly things too. They're trying to be smart without backing it up with the necessary software logic. Probably because they can't spare that extra needed to sort by popularity.
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[User Picture]From: aredridel
2005-01-31 12:30 pm (UTC)
Haha.
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