Anti-science advocates are freaking out about Google truth rankings

  • metta

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    Mar 21, 2015 5:16 PM GMT
    Anti-science advocates are freaking out about Google truth rankings


    http://www.salon.com/2015/03/06/anti_science_advocates_are_freaking_out_about_new_google_truth_rankings/
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    Mar 21, 2015 6:46 PM GMT
    The actual story is this research paper:
    http://arxiv.org/abs/1502.03519v1

    The statistics get pretty thick. I'm not sure that I'll have the time/ability to wade through it. But from a quick skim, as far as I can tell, it still boils down to "voting" the web.

    The process first extracts grammatical statements from a web page. Then the statements are statistically compared with a database of equivalent statements extracted from the entire web to decide whether or not they are "true."

    It is proposed that in the future, such techniques could be used to rank pages with more "true" statements and fewer "false" statements higher.

    As far as I can see, for the most part, their experimental ranking more or less lines up with conventional page-rankings. The outliers (with low "truth" score but high page rank) were a group of celebrity gossip sites and web forums.

    They also identified some outliers with high "truth" scores but low page ranks, but did not try to characterize what sort of sites these were. Their point is that those sites should be ranked higher.

    Anyhow, it's still only a research paper.
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    Mar 21, 2015 6:56 PM GMT
    Old dogs wander off to die alone in peace
    Myths arise of elephant graveyards
    Birds stop flying but never fall from trees
    Here the last hope for religion to flourish
    God on the eternal internet finally dead
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    Mar 23, 2015 9:29 PM GMT
    theantijock saidOld dogs wander off to die alone in peace
    Myths arise of elephant graveyards
    Birds stop flying but never fall from trees
    Here the last hope for religion to flourish
    God on the eternal internet finally dead
    Lovely poem!
  • Destinharbor

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    Mar 23, 2015 11:33 PM GMT
    theantijock saidOld dogs wander off to die alone in peace
    Myths arise of elephant graveyards
    Birds stop flying but never fall from trees
    Here the last hope for religion to flourish
    God on the eternal internet finally dead

    Did you write that? Lovely, indeed.
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    Mar 24, 2015 3:02 AM GMT
    I'd not quote something that long without attribution unless it was real obvious who the author was.

    Thank you boyz for your kind words. Just a ditty off the top of my pointy head. Came to mind upon reading the OP's article.