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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 2258 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.

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from shalom 2256 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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