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benjojo posted 05 Feb 2024 17:06 +0000

How does google search get to the point where this kind of stuff can be parsed incorrectly? How did it even arrive at this reading of the query??? AaaAAa

A screenshot of google search, with the query "8986853us in milliseconds", instead it shows the results for 8986853 seconds in milliseconds

Foritus@toot.dusepo... replied 05 Feb 2024 18:03 +0000
in reply to: https://benjojo.co.uk/u/benjojo/h/lm8NcBfc3JBWjx3b3w

@benjojo Sometime in the past few years it feels like Google replaced their probably-out-of-control bundle of parsers and state machines for "smart" queries like this and swapped in something a bit more like an ML classifier stack. It is objectively worse for most things in my experience, but I bet it requires fewer engineers to maintain (as if search was not a fountain of cash for them lol). Maybe the AI classified "u" as a typo and big-brained its way to failure 🙂