You Say Potato, Google Says Starchy Tuberous Crop
My mind went numb, digesting Google’s lengthy explanation on how it’s improved its understanding of synonyms.
I’ll spare you the minutes–and brain cells–with my summary of the announcement:
Google knows when two words are semantically connected–such as "pictures" and "photos." It now plans to bold those synonyms in its search results, if it believes it’s pertinent to the search you just conducted.
If Google’s explanation of its code is anything like its actual code, it must be very bloated! 😉
Kidding aside, it’s actually a pretty smart piece of technology. Take "gm" for example. Google knows that, depending on the accompanying search queries, gm can mean different things. This screenshot explains it best:
Unfortunately, despite my witty post title, a search for "starchy tuberous crop" did not reveal any results for potato.