Sunday, February 04, 2007

Googling the Ivory-billed Woodpecker #2: Name Variants

The results obtained from each of 9 variants of Ivory-billed Woodpecker are compared here.
Ivory bill 1,650,000 "hits"
Ivory billed 754,000
Ivory-billed 399,000
"Ivory-billed" 394,000
"Ivory billed" 394,000
Ivory-billed Woodpecker 364,000
"Ivory-billed Woodpecker" 331,000
IBWO 29,800
IBWP 804
A comparison of the top-10 search results obtained from each of the 9 name variants yielded a total of 27 Web sites. The 12 Web sites that appeared in the top-10 search results for two or more of the name variants are listed below in decreasing rank order:
  • The Search for the Ivory-billed Woodpecker (CLO) – 70/7
  • Ivory-billed Woodpeckers Recovery Starts Here (FWS) – 50/7
  • Birding America (Scott) – 49/7
  • Big Woods Conservation Partnership – 48/7
  • All About Birds—IBWO (CLO) – 45/5
  • Ivory-billed Woodpecker (Wikipedia) – 31/7
  • Ivory-billed Woodpecker (TNC) – 28/6
  • Ivory-billed Woodpecker Information (Luneau) – 20/7
  • Ivory-billed Woodpecker Information (Sibley) – 17/3
  • Ivory-billed Woodpecker (Audubon Watch List) – 16/6
  • Ivory-billed Woodpecker Rediscovered in Arkansas (NPR) – 13/6
  • Ivory-bill Skeptic (Nelson) – 7/2
  • As expected, searches on IBWO and IBWP produced results that were at variance with those produced by the other 7 name variants, yielding 15 top-10 Web sites not produced by any of the other searches.

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