Evaluating the stability of the search tools Hotbot and Snap: a case study

Judit Bar‐Ilan (Judit Bar‐Ilan (judit@cc.huji.as.il) is at the School of Library, Archive and Information Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel.)

Online Information Review

ISSN: 1468-4527

Publication date: 1 December 2000

Abstract

Discusses the results of a case study in which 20 random queries were presented for ten consecutive days to Hotbot and Snap, two search tools that draw their results from the database of Inktomi. The results show huge daily fluctuations in the number of hits retrieved by Hotbot, and high stability in the hits displayed by Snap. These findings are to alert users of Hotbot of its instability as of October 1999, and they raise questions about the reliability of previous studies estimating the size of Hotbot based on its overlap with other search engines.

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Bar‐Ilan, J. (2000), "Evaluating the stability of the search tools Hotbot and Snap: a case study", Online Information Review, Vol. 24 No. 6, pp. 439-450. https://doi.org/10.1108/14684520010362099

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MCB UP Ltd

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