the numbers, was something else

Nathan Lange
Mon, 13 Oct 2014 15:40:31 PDT


I can see how such numbers might be instructive. For Scilla 
madeirensis, Google completely agrees with science, i.e. Kew, with 
roughly four times as many hits as S. maderensis.

Interestingly, Google is also in line with the scientific consensus 
with 4.5 times more hits for the word "flower" than the word "bloom," 
despite these numbers including all the legitimate non-floral uses 
for the word "bloom." More importantly, searching within Kew's web 
site increases that ratio of flower/bloom hits to about 18.2. Sadly, 
the ratio for the PBS Wiki is only 1.5, one of the reasons I am very 
reluctant to ask you for a password for posting pictures.


>Google result counts are not accurate, but the point would be to 
>show that different spellings are in common use and the rough 
>proportions of each spelling.
>David Pilling

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