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July 30, 2008

Cuil's Query Suggestions

One of the few things that are interesting about Cuil, the search engine launched two days ago, is the query suggestions feature. Most search engines suggest queries using a list of popular searches, but Cuil didn't have this option. The site obtained the suggestions by compiling a list of n-grams from web pages. For example, if you type "web images", you'll get a lot of variations of Google's navigation bar. A Google search for "web images * * *" returns similar results.

A simple way to view just the suggestions is to use: here (replace "click here" with your search). You'll notice that the results are very different than the suggestions from Yahoo, Google or Ask.

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