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Chapter Eleven

The HITS Method for Ranking Webpages

If you’re a sports fan, you’ve seen those “—— is Life” t-shirts, where the blank is filled in by a sport like football, soccer, cheerleading, fishing, etc. After reading the first ten chapters of this book, you might be ready to declare “Google is Life.” But your mom probably told you long ago that “there’s more to life than sports.” And there’s more to search than Google. In fact, there’s Teoma, and Alexa, and A9, to name a few. The next few chapters are devoted to search beyond Google. This chapter focuses specifically on one algorithm, HITS, the algorithm that forms the basis of Teoma’s popularity ...

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