Googling It: How Google Ranks Search Results


Have you ever wondered how Google decides which search results are most relevant to your search query? The secret to Google’s early success was PageRank, an algorithm for scoring the relevance and popularity of websites, and the math that makes the algorithm possible is linear algebra. We’ll take a look under the hood and see how the algorithm works. Then we’ll talk about the ramifications of a smart card catalog, aka Google, that decides what users see first.

The Card Catalog Project
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