Dear Boolean Contest Participant,
Below you will find a summary of our Quiz.
What results would you get if you searched for the word Manager when sourcing resumes on Google?
“Manager” only — 50.9% answers
“Manager,” “Management,” “Managed,” etc. — 49.1% answers — This is correct. Google “autostems”.
If you add the wildcard * at the end of a partial word, Google with search for words with the given beginning; for example, consu* will tell it to search for each of these words: consul, consultant, and consulting.
yes — 77.2% answers
no — 11.1% answers — This is correct; * means “a word or a few words” on Google. It cannot be used as a wildcard. Searching for “consu*” will find only “consu” but not consultant etc. Look here for more info: http://www.google.com/support/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=3178
sometimes — 11.7% answers
If you do a Google search and it says there are 3,500 results, then you can view:
no more than 350 results — 7.0% answers
no more than 1000 results — 26.1% answers — This is correct. Try running a search that would return many results and go to the very last page. You will never see any results beyond 1000.
3,500 results — 26.1% answers
all 3,500 results but ONLY if you “repeat the search with the omitted results included” — 33.8% answers
If you forget to capitalize OR and AND, then Google will include these words in its search along with other words from your string.
yes — 55.0% answers
no — 45.0% answers — This is correct. If not capitalized, these words will not serve as operators but they will not be included in searches as they are too common.
Which two Internet search engines recognize proximity searching?
Google and Altavista — 24.8% answers
Altavista and Exalead — 10.8% answers
Google and Yahoo — 49.7% answers
none of the above — 14.6% answers — This is correct. It used to be Altavista and Exalead up till recently and now it’s only Exalead. Google, Yahoo and Altavista do not support proximity searches.
If you capitalize the word OR on Google this word will be used as a Boolean operator
yes — 86.9% answers — This is correct.
no — 13.1% answers
It is helpful to use the symbol @ when searching for email addresses on Google.
yes — 56.5% answers
no — 30.6% answers — This is correct. @ is a special character and is ignored by Google along with other special characters. (There are a few exceptions where special characters such as ~ or + mean something but @ never means anything special in Google.)
only for some domain names — 12.9% answers
If you capitalize the word NOT on Google this word will be used as a Boolean operator
yes — 63.5% answers
no — 36.5% answers — This is correct. Google doesn’t recognize the word NOT as an operator.
If you capitalize the word NOT on Yahoo this word will be used as a Boolean operator
yes — 42.1% answers
no — 36.5% answers — This is correct. Yahoo doesn’t recognize the word NOT as an operator.
To look for special characters on Google, you need to put them inside the quotation marks. Example: “top 10%” will look for results that say top 10%.
yes — 72.6% answers
no — 27.4% answers — This is correct. Quotation marks do not help Google recognize special characters; Google still ignores them.
The symbol = is a special, reserved symbol and it tells Google to look for words that should go one after another, word1=word2
yes — 61.8% answers
no — 38.2% answers — This is correct. Special characters are ignored and the symbol = has no special meaning. You could say word1\word2 or word1.word2 etc. and get the same results.
You can find every profile on LinkedIn by using site:linkedin.com search on Google, with the addition of some keywords.
yes — 66.9% answers
no — 33.1% answers — This is correct. Profiles marked by LinkedIn users as “private” will not be indexed by Google.
It is possible to use Google to search for resumes within 50 miles of a given zip code in the US
yes — 60.6% answers — This is correct. Making use of Google’s numrange search functionality, you can search a site such as www.zipmath.com and find all of the zip codes in a certain mile radius from a central zip code. Once you identify all of the zip codes, you can take the lowest and the highest zip code values and put them into a search like this: 33503..34755, which is 50 miles from 33647 in Tampa
no — 39.4% answers
Google ignores common words (like “the” or “be” etc.). However, there’s a way to tell Google to include them.
yes — 83.5% answers — This is correct. Use the symbol + and the word will be included: +be, +the
no — 16.5% answers
If you ran this search on Google, what would happen? -(intitle:resume | inurl:resume) It will…
include all results with the word “resume” in the title AND/OR url — 48.9% answers — This is correct. Google will ignore the minus sign if you put it before a bracket
exclude all results with the word “resume” in the title AND url — 13.7% answers
exclude all results with the word “resume” in the title OR url — 37.4% answers
Google will always look for variations of your keywords; say, if you look for child, it will include children. (This is called auto-stemming.) However, there’s a way to alter the search string so that Google will not do this.
yes — 84.1% answers — This is correct. Use the symbol + and the word will be included
no — 15.9% answers
For the query word1 word2 Google will:
look for both words word1 and word2, and will do the same as for the query word2 word1 — 33.1% answers
look for both words and will place the occurrence of the phrase “word1 word2” early in the results — 36.7% answers — This is sort-of correct but other factors matter as well. If you type a long sentence into Google without quotes it will search for the sentence first. (So I admit this was not a great question.)
look for both words and will give word1 a higher weight than word2 (will think word1 is more important for you to see in the results) — 30.2% answers
I will not count any answer to this question as a point.
Nice contest and I like the very subtle questions that will reveal who REALLY knows all about boolean and the intricacies of search engines. Great job and kudos to the winner (whoever you are). Me, I stopped the contests at SourceCon…too tiring!! 😉
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