#2 initial search counts are inflated

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nobody
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2012-04-21
2011-04-09
Anonymous
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On at least Google (and possibly others), the number of searches shown on p1 of results is an estimate. Jumping in several pages (I tested 10), the search count number drops and appears to stabilize. This might overstate results for certain popular languages.

Discussion

  • This issue seems important on yahoo at least, and actually, jumping pages helps if it is possible. For 2 engines, there is:
    yahoo: &b=60
    bing: &first=60
    Will be tested soon...

     
  • Yahoo and Bing solved (as far as one can with a result count very unstable over result pages, browsers, sessions,...).
    Google seems not to need it, or inflate consistently over result pages.
    Adding &start=99 would be possible if the issue is popping up again.

     
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