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Assignment 1


The Web Search Stupidity Search

Goal:

To find a class of queries that current search engines, e.g., Altavista, currently don't handle well. We want to do this so we can answer the AI question.

What to do:

  1. Formulate a real query for a real goal. That means, a real question asked for a real reason. We discussed what real means in class. Get notes! The query should be a reasonable set of keys, not something you can guess wouldn't work. Phrase the query as a you normally do, either as a question or as a set of keys.
  2. Submit the query to a search engine. Use any decent engine. Altavista is fine, but this is up to you.
  3. Repeat Steps 1 and 2 until failure occurs. Failure here means that

What to hand in:

A typed description on paper -- not email! The paper should describe, in this order:


Comments? Send mail to Chris Riesbeck.