Google Stemming Search Terms

By Deane Barker on December 3, 2003

Google Starts Auto Stemming Searches: Yes, the latest Google dance irritated some, but this is an improvement.

Basically, Google now takes search terms and looks for grammatical variants of SOME of them. Unfortunately, Google does not make it clear which terms it stems and which it does not. I found no plural or singular variants but did find some examples of verb variants. For example, a search on drink water matches pages with ‘drinking’ and ‘water’ while run linux also finds ‘running.’

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