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Vitorino

This is easy to solve: mix the results people, objects and other categories and then when the user pick an image she will indicate which category she wants to find pictures.

Tony

Let me take a different view. What if I don't know what Bell I am looking for? (Bell is probably a bad example) The most popular results will probably help me to determine which Bell I really wanted. Therefore, the "bias" helped me to narrow down my search.

Without the search engine asking you questions to narrow down the results you are going to get a wide range of items that are returned. However, If they start asking you questions, then people would probably go elsewhere to search quicker.
There is the advanced search feature where you can eliminate words or include specific phrases.

FYI - type in 'search engine bias' and you will get nearly 2 million results. Not having the time to weed through all of them, the most popular probably make up 99% of all the intended searches (just my guess, not proven or supported).

random

i think google's is better. if i'm actually looking for the picture of a bell, what am i supposed to type into yahoo to get such a regular bell?

i'm sure if i type the name of whoever that guy is (including his first name) into google i'll get the picture.

Dmitry

It doesn't disambiguate. In fact most search engines (Live and Yahoo for sure) have no understanding of human language at all. What you see is a result of (partially) supervised learning where labeled samples come from humans either through direct evaluation or through click analysis.

Google's results may also use their "game" where you label images for them for free. Here's the link: http://images.google.com/imagelabeler/. This may be why it recognizes a bell as a bell, rather than a person's name. I, for one, had no idea what the names of those folks were.

Matthew Hurst

Dmitry,

I suspect that some form of non trivial disambiguation does occur in some cases. Look at the results on Google for 'Michael Jordan' or 'William Cohen'. Both get a couple of different people on the first page even though we might assume quite a large difference between the individuals in terms of in-links or other measures of visibility. Live does show both William Cohens as does Yahoo. I can still believe, however, that this may be due to structural queues.

hoon

Why would I want a bunch of people when I searched for bell? If I typed Bell, that might trigger people over objects but really it seems like Live is a mistake doesn't it? (and Tinkerbell? WTF?)

hoon

Why would I want a bunch of people when I searched for bell? If I typed Bell, that might trigger people over objects but really it seems like Live is a mistake doesn't it? (and Tinkerbell? WTF?)

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