30.12.10

Microsoft Research vs. Google Research - quick look to two systems

Two different ways of thinking (& acting) regarding research, but the same interests most of the time. You can get a list of Microsoft Research projects, two of them very interesting because I am used to rely on their competition, Google's ones:

  • Microsoft Bing Translator (vs. Google Translate). Although Google Translate has scored top in competitions (with some criticism about quality metrics, however), I believe this is clearly to explore. In next weeks I will be testing both on my daily writings, let's see what happens.
  • Microsoft Academic Search (vs. Google Scholar). Here we have an interesting point, as the result list for a search is quite different, perhaps reflecting two ways of doing things and even thinking about the business.

Comparing Academic vs. Scholar, on, of course, searching myself, I get the following two results lists (screenshots):

Microsoft Academic Search

MS Academic Search

Google Scholar

Google Scholar

Comparing:

MS Academic Search Google Scholar

Less results, probably better precision

Typed results (persons, journals, etc.)

Structured view

More results, probably better recall

Less typed results (cites - The can be excluded)

Papers and cites mixed

For the purpose of getting an outlook of somebody's publication record, I like MS Academic Search more. For getting the most about impact, probably it is Google Scholar. In fact, I have had to restrict the search in Scholar using phase search ("word1 word2") in order to get (many) less false positives.