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Google explains how it automatically predicts and autocompletes your search preferences

The tech giant pronounced that predictions involve searches that have been variously done by users across the globe. Predictions thus drawn in may not be perfect since Google automatically prevents potentially unhelpful and policy-violating results from surfacing.


To help users finish what they intend to type, the autocomplete feature renders predictions in a New York minute. As claimed by the company, predictions reflect searches that have been done on Google.

“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,” explained the megacorp in a blog post.

For example, if the user were to type in “best game of thrones,” Google would look for the common completions that would follow, such as “best game of thrones quotes” or “best game of thrones episodes”.

 “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,” said Google.

The AI (Artificial Intelligence) empowered Google systematization may automatically shift from predicting a complete search to small portions of a search in order to provide better predictions for comparatively longer queries. The company also mentioned of taking freshness into consideration while producing search predictions.

“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,” said Google.

Predictions are modified depending on the explicit topic that someone is searching for. People, places and things, all have different peculiarities that users might be interested in. For instance, someone searching for “trip to Ladakh” might see a prediction of “trip to Ladakh from Delhi,” as New Delhi is a popular location to begin a journey from, to Ladakh. “Predictions will reflect the queries that are unique and relevant to a particular topic,” stated Google.

Google also informed that predictions aren’t perfect since Google automatically prevents potentially unhelpful and policy-violating results from surfacing.

“Secondly, if our automated systems don’t catch predictions that violate our policies, we have enforcement teams that remove predictions in accordance with those policies,” the tech enterprise explained.

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