Data Mining the Lycos 50

    April 10, 2003

Like many search engines, Lycos offers a glimpse of what’s on the world’s mind as reflected by user searches.

The Lycos 50 is a list of the most popular queries the search engine received over the past week.

The list is slightly filtered, to remove general terms, computer terms, company names and sex-related queries. It’s also processed so that similar queries are treated as one (for example, spelling variations on “Al-Jazeera”).

In addition to the weekly list, Lycos commentator Aaron Schatz pens a daily column describing what search trends are saying about the popularity of various celebrities, organizations, and cultural phenomena.

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