Google Updates: Stemming


The Search Engine Guy writes "Google is now using "Stemming" in it's search engine results pages. This will make it easier to get wider and more relevant results for queries. It will not be necessary to add "s" or "ing" etc.This is the latest algorithmic change - the last one was allowing "Synonym" searching with the "`" before word one wanted synonyms for to be included in a search."

It doesn't appear to happen with all searches, but take a look at your results and you might notice. and have some more info.


Here you can find Google's overview of it's search results relevancy standards.

Word Variations (Stemming)
Google now uses stemming technology. Thus, when appropriate, it will search not only for your search terms, but also for words that are similar to some or all of those terms. If you search for "pet lemur dietary needs", Google will also search for "pet lemur diet needs", and other related variations of your terms. Any variants of your terms that were searched for will be highlighted in the snippet of text accompanying each result.

Okay, so how do we turn it off? Will a phrase search do it? If I want to look up "original cataloging" am I going to get a bunch of links to "original catalogs" like Archie McPhee and American Science and Surplus?

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