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Language limitations of search (4) Tue, Jul 19, 2011
One bad thing about how big the internet has gotten is that it's sometimes impossible to find things.  Not in an unorganized way, like you're trying to find something in the middle of a pile.  But in a language limitation kind of way.  For example, recently I was looking for pictures of mice.  I wanted the animal, not the computer peripheral.  For whatever reason, Google didn't want to show me the animal.  So I wasted a few minutes sifting through pictures of plastic white objects with buttons, before finally giving up and doing something else.  The problem isn't that the information doesn't exist, or that the algorithms used to find it are lacking.  It's that the English language isn't complex enough to handle what we're throwing at it.  It's like putting a CD on a record player. #technology

Comments:
M@tt Sell@r Wed, Jul 20, 2011
I bet you can do a search for:

mice -computer

and find what you are looking for.  It would remove all the hits that also are computer related.

Dave Wed, Jul 20, 2011
I agree with your logic, but it unfortunately doesn't work.

Rus Wed, Jul 20, 2011
You sure you didn't search "mouse"? "Mice" gave me plenty of "rodents" including "field mice" and "white mice."

(You're point is still made though)

Dave Wed, Jul 20, 2011
I searched for "mouse" because I wanted a picture of a single mouse, not several mice.  I'm particular.


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