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Newton’s 4th Law of Finite PageRank

If Isaac Newton were still alive and he took his Ph.D. in Stanford University along with Larry Page and Sergey Brin, he could have been the 3rd co-founder of Google and made some Mathematical contributions to the search algorithm especially the design of the PageRank.

PageRank is a link analysis algorithm which assigns a numerical weighting to each element of a hyperlinked set of documents, such as the World Wide Web, with the purpose of “measuring” its relative importance within the set. The algorithm may be applied to any collection of entities with reciprocal quotations and references. The numerical weight that it assigns to any given element E is also called the PageRank of E and denoted by PR(E). {source: wikipedia}

Evil Matt Cutts blogs and asks “Where does PageRank come from?“.

… assuming you must have PageRank to give it, where does the original first page rank come from? Does every site start out with a basic miniscule amount of page rank contributing to the entire Internet sum of PageRank?


Newton could have answered that with his 4th Law of Finite PageRank and it would have been stated this way:

PageRank is neither created nor destroyed. It is only transfered from one web page to another, either given freely, traded or bought. PageRank is finite and it does not increase as the total volume of indexable pages grow.

There’s a finite sum of PageRank, otherwise with the constant growth of the world wide web would spread the PR too thin. If every new site or webpage created had an initial non-zero PageRank value, one can artificially amass PageRank by registering new domains or generating more webpages.

But what about the theory of the Alpha Page Rank Site?

Abe is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of YugaTech. You Can follow him on Twitter @abeolandres.

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2 Responses

  1. j4s0n says:

    LOL, didn’t know evil matt cutts was that famous, i shared host (same machine) w/ that guy on hostgator. he’s got good posts, and funny :)

  2. Miguel says:

    Not Newton… one of those wickedly smart computer scientists/mathematicians who developed Graph Theory.

    But not my Ateneo CS/Math teacher for the course! He made the subject feared and hated. Boo.

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