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Nine Algorithms That Changed the Future by Chris Bishop, John MacCormick

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Search Engine Indexing: Finding Needles in the World's Biggest Haystack

Now, Huck, where we're a-standing you could touch that hole I got out of with a fishing-pole. See if you can find it.

—MARK TWAIN, Tom Sawyer

Search engines have a profound effect on our lives. Most of us issue search queries many times a day, yet we rarely stop to wonder just how this remarkable tool can possibly work. The vast amount of information available and the speed and quality of the results have come to seem so normal that we actually get frustrated if a question can't be answered within a few seconds. We tend to forget that every successful web search extracts a needle from the world's largest haystack: the World Wide Web.

In fact, the superb service provided ...

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