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Google: better because it’s staff are April 9, 2007

Posted by Al in : Internet,software , trackback

The basis of this article is simple: how to write a spell checker. A company like Microsoft would probably invest millions of dollars, and millions of lines of code, to produce something that is good but still makes mistakes. Google, on the other hand, manages to suggest word corrections in 0.1 of a second and still gets 90% accuracy. This article shows how this was done, complete with the Python code used, and manages to go completely over my head before reaching halfway through. I can read the code, but the theory and math behind the code is too much for me. It seems that if you employ a lot of very, very intelligent people you will get the results required to keep you ahead of the opposition.

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