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Sam Newfields Science fair project.

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sam newfield

on 23 January 2014

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Sam Newfield Science fair project
The Search Engine Experiment
I think google will have the most accurate results!
• 1 Computer
• 1 Web browser
• A judging scale (to judge how well the search engine works)


1. Boot up your computer
2. Open your preferred internet web browser
3. Think of a word or phrase, any word or phrase.
4. Go onto Google and type in your word or phrase
5. Use the judging scale to see how accurate the search engine was.
6. Repeat steps 4 and 5 with Bing, Yahoo, and Ask.com.
7. Chart your data from the scale.
8. Repeat steps 3-7 for as many trials as you want (3 is the preferred number).
9. Communicate your data!

I did a 20 point system. 10 points for how accurate the results are and 10 points for if they are from well known or respected sources.
The independent variable in this experiment is the search engine. The dependent variable is how accurate the search engine is. Some constants are the type of computer, the item your searching for, and the web browser.
My Science fair project is about internet search engines, such as Google, Bing, or Yahoo. I picked this project because I love technology and I am curious which search engine is the best! I already know a good bit about my project. I know that there are many search engines and that a majority of people use Google.
For trial 1, I searched "What is
a patriot?" For trial 2, I searched
"What is the best E-mail website?"
For trial 3, I searched "Are video games bad for you?
Search Engine
For trial one, I specifically asked for patriot. Not loyalist. I got "loyalist" from all 3 engines. I searched for a specific term: patriot.

For trial two, I got a lot of ads from all 3 search engines. I know this is just part of the search engine, but it can still throw people off.

For trial three, I didn't get many ads, but I got a lot of random things like "10 signs to show you love video games too much." I got the majority of the ads from Yahoo. Bing and Google had significantly less ads.

Most of the search engines had respectable sources, but some of them I had never heard of. What if they were full of viruses? A random, unsuspecting person could fall into the trap of an infectious website.

In the end, my hypothesis was right. Google came out on top with the most points: 44. Bing came up second with 41 points, with Yahoo taking third place with 40 points. My hypothesis was that Google would be the most successful search engine and it was. I learned that I should stay with Google, and that Yahoo has WAY too many ads. If I were to do my experiment again, I would use new search engines and different search terms.
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