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A search for "conjunctivitis" on Kosmix
Two students that studied with Larry Page and Sergey Brin at Stanford could end up being Google's biggest challenger

Larry Page, Sergey Brin and their famous search engine have become household names throughout the world, and rightly so. Considered to be the world's most powerful search, some of the things its able to dig up have started becoming quite controversial. However, no matter how good Google is, staying at the very top is the hardest thing to do.

During their college years, Page and Brin were students are Stanford University -- just two regular students developing a project. Of course, that project has become one of the most important resources on the net. But during that time, Page and Brin were not alone. While public media were focused squarely on Google and its success as well as power, two other Stanford students were right alongside Page and Brin, developing their own engine.

Kosmix, the new search engine that promises to revolutionize results, is the brainchild of Anand Rajaraman and Venky Harinarayan. But instead of being another seach engine, Rajaraman and Harinaryan promise Kosmix to be different. Google indexes massive amounts of web pages on the net, and it determines a page's relevance to queries by measuring how often it is linked from referring websites. A website that has many incoming referrals will be deemed highly relevant, even if another page containing more real relevant information is out there but doesn't have anyone linking to it.

Kosmix promises to deliver better results by analyzing the content of a website, and not only its URL referrer popularity. Results are categorized similiar to Yahoo, but the categories are answers to questions rather than general tags. Right now, Kosmix has launched as a health-related search engine, but Rajaraman and Harinaryan claim new categories will launch every few months.

Right now, entering a search is just as easy as it is on Google, but Kosmix promises a higher level of accuracy for users. Usually, users tend to enter more than one keyword anyway if they wish to achieve relatively accurate results. A quick search for "conjunctivitis" on Kosmix shows the versatility of the "answers," Rajaraman points out.  The Google search for the same subject varies wildly after the first few matches.

On Kosmix's unassuming search home page, the engine claims an index of over 2.7 billion pages and growing. Oddly enough, Kosmix currently uses Google's AdWords program on its site.  Rajaram and Harinarayan will officially launch Kosmix next week. 

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Those Search Results
By Tegeril on 2/5/2006 1:53:33 PM , Rating: 2
Clicking that link right now shows immediately that the search results from Google do not vary wildly. And also, you're comparing a medical database that looks for medical pages/results only to a search engine that indexes everything. The fact that Google doesn't vary speaks wonders.

RE: Those Search Results
By The Cheeba on 2/5/2006 2:10:07 PM , Rating: 2
Thanks for almost playing....



So, a mismatch on 7 out of the top 10 doesn't count a varying wildly to you?


RE: Those Search Results
By UlricT on 2/5/2006 2:38:48 PM , Rating: 2
How are these links irrelevant? How is Kosmix's results more relevant?

RE: Those Search Results
By The Cheeba on 2/5/2006 2:44:28 PM , Rating: 2
The OP said Google and Kosmix results didn't vary. I am just saying that 7/10 of the links do.


By semo on 2/5/2006 2:40:47 PM , Rating: 2
catagorised searches makes research a lot easier. i need structure and relevance when i do a serch for something... not millions of links.
make sense?

RE: finally
By stephenbrooks on 2/5/2006 4:22:18 PM , Rating: 2
Isn't there something called Google Directory that has the more popular websites under categories?

RE: finally
By semo on 2/5/2006 8:51:20 PM , Rating: 2
i don't think that's the same. i think it's categories for browsing not for sorting results

not impressed
By bysmitty on 2/6/2006 2:12:49 PM , Rating: 2
Not that any search engine has impressed me much over the years but Kosmix did not pass the 'pc game soundtracks' test. It is a specific search that does have specific websites out there that directly relate to the criteria. Only 2 out of the top 10 search results came close and even added the insult of an 'adult anime' hit within the top 5. Yet, the pc game soundtrack database, pc game score, and music4games were nowhere to be found. Guess I will keep waiting for a search engine that works.


RE: not impressed
By Tuan Nguyen on 2/6/2006 5:37:17 PM , Rating: 2
It failed because it's a health only search right now.


Kosmix works for me
By ted61 on 2/5/2006 5:05:13 PM , Rating: 3
I like to do triathlons. I tried kosmix, yahoo and google to search for triathlon training. Yahoo and google came back with a lot more hits, like 100 times as many but they were not relevant. It is not like I want to look through 9,000 hits. I definetly do not want to look through 9 million hits.

They all came back with the same number one site but 8 of the next 10 were relevant on kosmix while 8 of the next 10 were junk on google and yahoo.

I wonder what else kosmix will be good for. WebMD generally stinks for me. Maybe kosmix will be able to help for my next injury.

By dumbfounder on 2/7/2006 8:16:13 PM , Rating: 2
you just use the tag health. A better example is the term ACL, which has a wide variety of topics associated. Try reproducing these results on Google: . If you just type in ACL on Google , it has a wide variety of results. If you type in 'ACL health', the results are centered on those exact terms . True, the results are good on kosmix for ACL, but they aren't so great if you would like to try another subject...

By Shafeek Shah on 3/17/2006 11:42:06 PM , Rating: 2
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By Shafeek Shah on 3/17/2006 11:43:10 PM , Rating: 2

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