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When you’re searching for something on the Web, does it matter whether you use the singular or plural version of a word in your search?

A new patent application from Yahoo explores how a search engine might handle the singular and plural versions of words entered as search queries, and convert those query terms to plural or non-plural forms to provide the most relevant results while also limiting how much computation a search engine has to do to return those results.

Bill dives in deep with research and a new patent by a couple of Yahoo!s
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from JameSEO 3535 Days ago #
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Very informative post... Thanks Pitfall for the find and good detailed read Bill.I wonder how to find this search engine patenting stuff out the second it is released.

from shalom 3533 Days ago #
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Great Finding by Bill!Variations should be treated differently. Depending on the query its sometimes obvious - hypothetical example someone searching "computer manufacturer" maybe at the purchasing stage where as the search "computer manufactures" may be done by someone researching looking for a comparative review.If the figure that only 25% would benefit from mixed results is true then I think that its a large enough percentage to not be ignored. Although I understand why they want to make more efficient algos.

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