Search algorithms are used everyday by many people. Despite their large utilization by the broad public, these algorithms are things that most people do not fully understand. As a college student I have witnessed firsthand the panic that ensues following an Internet glitch on campus. The panic is most closely linked, by my own evaluation, to the fact that we will be unable to use search engines like google to find the information we need to complete our assignments in the timely manner we had planned on. Search algorithms of search engines like google have fundamentally changed we interact with the world around us by providing us with the information we need right at our fingertips right when we need it, based on a few simple keywords rather than a long trek to the library. My student experience, which has consisted of much Google-searching I must admit, has led me to wonder what is actually behind these searches that so greatly assist me in my everyday class research.
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