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Predictive Search II Timeline

0:00 Welcome

Some of the preliminary details take a while to get through. I’ve included my notes on them here, in case you want to skim and pick up the webinar at 3:40.

A few things to start us out:

1) We are trying to learn more about our audience for these webinars. If you have a moment, please press the pause button on this playback and go to bit.ly/predictive2 and take a brief survey on our operators. Don’t use Google to test the questions, just give your best answer from reading the survey, and please click submit when you are done! Thanks!

2) Follow what others have said, and add your comments on favorite uses of operators, etc., with our Twitter hashtag: #predictivesearch.

3) We are about to talk about a few of the most useful operators Google has to offer. However, it might still be a lot to take in at one sitting. Please feel free to watch this recording in pieces--just remember where you stopped and use the timeline posted on our site and the slider bar you see at the bottom of the interface to pick it up again at a later date. You can review portions of it in the same manner.

Will pose challenges, you press pause--machine learning may change results over time to not require operators

3:40 Questions to consider with “stop & think”

7: 29 Example of predictive search (Kenyan tourism)

11:35 site: introduction

12:00  filetype:

14:20  OR

15:22 using filetype: to help avoid malware and find printable sources

18:36 site:

23:56  ~ (tilde--related terms)

27:07 - (minus sign--not)

29:15 positive and negative narrowing

30:48 spaces with advanced operators

31:16 “  ” (quotation marks, phrase)

32:00 OR reviewed as part of quotation marks discussion

39:00 Imagining phrases that tend to consistently appear in newspaper articles, etc.

40:50  #..# (two dots, number range)

43:30 * (asterisk--wildcard)

45:36 + (plus sign--turn off stemming and synonymization)

49:45 Big picture: once have command of operators, command of structure of information on the web, can start thinking really creatively about how to expose content you want.

50:30 Examples of complex predictive search, especially finding sources by searching for page elements we don’t usually consider searchable.

In my experience, by slowly introducing operators in this context, it gives students something internally meaningful to remember about them, and creates a stickier learning experience.

--Still need to practice--operators and visualizing sources
--See attached links for more info.

Here is the link to the after-course survey: