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Evaluation of three German search engines: Altavista.de, Google.de and Lycos.de (26 Jul 2004)
Hence, one conclusion of this evaluation is users could and should contemplate Lycos as a real alternative to Google, especially because both engines were able to answer all of the 50 queries with at least one relevant result. Beyond that, Lycos was found to retrieve the greatest number of hits. This indicates at least Lycos' coverage is not worse than Google's coverage. This is the opposite case if one regards only the official number of indexed Web pages on both engines. Lycos results relied heavily on the AlltheWeb search engine. If we keep in mind that AlltheWeb, Altavista and Inktomi too are now owned by Yahoo, it will be very interesting to see what kind of new search engine will come into being if the capabilities of these three engines are combined.
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