25 Metasearch Engines exercises

Integrated meta-search

Your task today is to determine how well each of the integrated meta-search engines compare to the two most popular search engines. You should do the following:

  1. Devise a moderately complex search related to your term project (use phrases, multiple words, stuff like that).
  2. Submit the query to each of the tools below.
    1. For each tool, count the number of relevant results among the top 10 results delivered by the site.
    2. When you are done, record each of the numbers in the table below. You can use the template below to put your data into the table.
    3. You need to do this before leaving today's class.
yourName
Search tools
User Google Yahoo Search Info ixQuick Mamma Clusty DogPile
Susan Kennedy 5 3 2 3 3 1 1 5
Hernando Flowers 6 6 5 8 6 3 9 6
Daniel Nicholls 6 5 6 7 7 4 7 5
Caitlin De Gregorio 6 7 7 6 7 3 8 6
Brian Hendricks 7 8 9 8 10 3 5 6
Tyler Hauck 10 10 4 6 7 7 0 6
Paige Laytos 5 5 4 6 6 4 5 4
Eric Brackmann 7 6 8 5 8 1 9 6
Dylan Burkhardt 10 8 8 10 7 6 7 7
Jennifer Stanczak 7 3 7 7 4 2 6 6
Tim Muir 7 8 8 9 10 9 9 9
Roopak Pati 9 8 9 10 9 5 10 7
Andrew Hermatz 9 7 3 9 6 3 0 9
Wins (Google/other) 7/3 6/4 3/6 5/6 12/1 6/6 8/1

Results: Both Info and ixQuick compared favorably to Google (with Clusty doing equally as well as Google); apparently, you need not spend any time at Mamma.

Unified meta-search

  1. Go to Soovle and enter the query that you used above. Watch the interface. Press the right arrow key.
  2. Go to Search.IO
    1. Enter your query. Press enter to submit the query. Now switch between search engines.
    2. Now change from “Search Engines” to “News” and then press the “Go” button. Again, switch between search engines.
  3. Go to Joongel
    1. Enter your query. Click on the “Search” button to submit the query. Now switch between search engines.
    2. Click on the Joongel icon in the upper left corner to go back to the home page.
    3. Type in your query again, change to the “News” category, and then click on the “Search” button. Now you'll see that you have a choice of submitting the query to News sites, Newspapers, or Blogs. Click on whatever you want and see the results.
    4. Now switch to a new category by clicking on “Switch Category” in the upper right corner. Choose whatever category you want.
  4. Go to Zuula
    1. Enter your query and press enter to submit it.
    2. The results from one search engine (probably Google) will appear. Click on a different tab to see the results from another search engine.
    3. Now click on “Blog” at the top of the page in order to see blog results for this query.
    4. You can now click on different tabs to see the results from another blog search engine.
  5. Go to IntelWays
    1. Enter your query and press enter to submit it.
    2. The results from one search engine (probably Google) will appear.
    3. Click on “General” at the top of the page to change to a set of general web search engines.
    4. Now click on any of the buttons below your query to change to a different search engine.
    5. Now click on “News” at the top of the page in order to see the possible news search engines.
    6. You can now click on one of these news search engines to see its results for this query.
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