Hard-Coding Bias in Google "Algorithmic" Search Results - Benjamin Edelman

This page gives full-sized screenshots preserving the behavior discussed in Hard-Coding Bias in Google "Algorithmic" Search Results.


Stock ticker symbols present prominent links to Google Finance

Health searches present prominent links to Google Health

Corresponding searches without commas yield no such links to Google Health or Google Finance

Other examples of favored treatment of Google services and partners

Search for flights, and Google links to an arbitrarily-selected partner, without disclosure of where the link points.

Search for a movie title, and Google links to its own Movies service.

Patents -- unhelpful Google service links yielding error messages

Search for [patent 9999999], and Google inserts a top-listed result to its own Patents service, where only an error message appears.

Links to other Google services pervade Google's [justin bieber] results