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Google's Pagerank and Beyond: The Science of Search Engine Rankings
Why doesn't your home page appear on the first page of search results, even when you query your own name? How do other web pages always appear at the top? What creates these powerful rankings? And how? The first book ever about the science of web page rankings, "Google's PageRank and Beyond" supplies the answers to these and other questions and more.
The book serves two ve ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published May 1st 2006 by Princeton University Press
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The first few chapters of this book are a flawed attempt to explain some basic Library and Information Science theory by a couple of arrogant mathematicians. In their arrogance, they get some key points wrong (they completely misunderstand the nuanced relationships among relevance, recall, and precision), fail to credit librarians for things we invented long ago (HITS is just a big citation index), and attempt to minimize the importance of libraries in our past, present, and future. Having said ...more
I really love the way they wrote this book. It is not quite a layman text like Stephen Hawking and not quite a textbook. It has just the right balance of detail (akin to a Chakrabarti lite) to be nutritional, and fun historical commentary to be entertaining. The final chapters are fairly math heavy, but it is stuff most of us should have learned in junior high anyways. Props to Larry and Sergey for inventing the algo, but these guys are really the first to formalize and analyze it properly.
Google's PageRank is the world's largest linear algebra computation. The authors, who are both professors of mathematics unaffiliated with Google Inc., describe, what it is and how it might work (its exact working, combating spammers and link farmers, is of course a trade secret).
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