Meet Anmol Tukrel, a sixteen-year-old Indian origin canadian citizen designed a personalized search engine that claims to be as high as 47% more accurate than Google, and about 21% more accurate on an average.
Tukrel, who just completed his tenth grade, said he took a couple of months to design it, and about 60 hours to code the engine, as part of his submission into Google Science Fair, a global online competition that is open to students aged 13 to 18 years.
“I thought I would do something in the personalized search space. It was the most genius thing ever. But when I realized Google already does it, I tried taking it to the next level,” said Tukrel.
A computer with at least 1 gigabyte of free storage space, a python-language development environment, a spreadsheet program and access to Google and New York Times.
To test the accuracy of each search engine, he limited his search query to this year’s news articles from The New York Times. He created several fictitious users with different interests and corresponding web histories. Tukrel then fed this information to both Google and his interest-based search engine. Finally, the results from each search engine were compared.
The results, were astonishing keeping in mind the ingeniousity of a tenth grade kid whose designed personalized search engine provided more accurate and personality specific results than Google.