How Does Google Google? The Math Behind the Internet

Speaker: Margot Gerritsen

Date: Thu, Jan 17, 2013

Location: PIMS, University of British Columbia

Conference: Mathematics of Planet Earth 2013

Subject: Mathematics, Data Structures and Algorithmic Databases, Computer Science

Class: Scientific


We all Google. You may even have found this talk by Googling. What you may not know is that behind the Google’s and other search engines is beautiful and elegant mathematics. In this talk, I will try to explain the workings of page ranking and search engines using only rusty calculus.

An alternative version of this lecture presented at the University of Calgary is also available.