Hard-Coding Bias in Google "Algorithmic" Search Results

by Sabrina I. Pacifici on November 15, 2010

Hard-Coding Bias in Google “Algorithmic” Search Results, Benjamin Edelman – November 15, 2010

  • “I present categories of searches for which available evidence indicates Google has “hard-coded” its own links to appear at the top of algorithmic search results, and I offer a methodology for detecting certain kinds of tampering by comparing Google results for similar searches. I compare Google’s hard-coded results with Google’s public statements and promises, including a dozen denials but at least one admission. I tabulate affected search terms and examine other mechanisms also granting favored placement to Google’s ancillary services. I conclude by analyzing the impact of Google’s tampering on users and competition, and by proposing principles to block Google’s bias.”
  • Posted in Search Engines

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