Using Internet Search Engine Hits to Determine Truth Values

  • Shazril bin Azman College of Information Technology, Universiti Tenaga Nasional
  • Azlan Iqbal College of Information Technology, Universiti Tenaga Nasional
  • Azureen binti Azmi

Abstract

Search hits, or the number of hits returned by an internet search engine for a particular term refers to the estimated number of pages in the World Wide Web that contain the term. In this paper, we propose an extraction method to access the hit count and analyze the reliability of using it to determine the truth values of statements or terms to differentiate from erroneous ones. For example, this can be used to determine the correct spelling of places, to detect grammatical errors, and even for simple fact-checking. Our findings suggest a positive correlation between the number of hits and the ‘correctness’ of the search phrase.
Published
2013-08-22
Section
Articles