31 Mar '14, 6pm

Google's Matt Cutts On How They Evaluate New Search Algorithms

Google’s Matt Cutts, the head of search spam, posted a video today answering how Google goes about evaluating which new search algorithms they use and which they throw away or adapt. The question was posed by James Foster of Sydney, Australia who asked: What are some of the metrics that Google uses to evaluate whether one iteration of the ranking algorithm is delivering better quality results to users than another? Matt Cutts breaks it down to about three steps of the evaluation process: (1) They test the algorithm offline, benchmarking how the results rank with the new algorithms and if the URLs are higher quality than the previous algorithms in place. The quality is based on how the search quality raters rate the URLs in previous cases. If the URLs were unrated, Google can request these raters to rate the new URLs or compare the old search results to this new test set. T...

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