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How Google Prediction Works, Google to Remove Autocomplete Predictions

Predictions appear in the search box to help you finish what you’re typing as soon as you start typing on Google Search and the credit goes to the Autocomplete feature.

Predictions reflect searches that have been done on Google, according to Google.

The company’s statement in a blog post stated that “To determine what predictions to show, our systems begin by looking at common and trending queries that match what someone starts to enter into the search box,”

For example, if you were going to type in “best star trek…” We would look for the common completions that would follow, such as “best star trek series” or best star trek episodes.”

Google said: We don’t just show the most common predictions overall. We also consider things like the language of the searcher or where they are searching from because these make predictions far more relevant,”

Google systems may automatically shift from predicting an entire search to portions of a search, to provide better predictions for long queries.

Freshness is also into account while displaying predictions, the company said, “If our automated systems detect there’s rising interest in a topic, they might show a trending prediction even if it isn’t typically the most common of all related predictions that we know about”.

Predictions differ, completely depending on the specific topic that someone is searching for.

Things, People, Places all have different attributes that people are interested in.

For example, if someone searches for “trip to New York” they might see a prediction of “trip to New York for Christmas,” as that’s a popular theme to visit that city,

Google told that: Predictions will reflect the queries that are unique and relevant to a particular topic,”

Autocomplete completely differs from Google Trends, which is a tool for journalists and anyone else who’s interested to research the popularity of searches and search topics over time

Google also told that the predictions aren’t perfect and it has systems designed to prevent potentially unhelpful and policy-violating predictions from appearing.

The Tech giant also explained that: Secondly, if our automated systems don’t catch predictions that violate our policies, we have enforcement teams that remove predictions under those policies,”

With the United States presidential election ahead, Google says that it has taken some steps to improve the quality of information that it highlights across its various search and news products.

Google now stated that it will now remove any Autocomplete predictions that seem to endorse of a oppose a political party or a candidate or that make a claim about voting or the electoral process. That would mean eliminating predictions like “you can vote by phone,” “you can’t vote by phone” or anything which suggests that you donate to a party or a candidate.

 

source: with input from ians