the problem is is that
fortson at FAS.HARVARD.EDU
Mon Dec 17 20:23:11 UTC 2001
Lynne, I spot-checked a few of the hits and they were accurate, so maybe
the problem has been fixed. Actually, I use Altavista all the time and
have never encountered the problem of which you speak, for some reason.
On Mon, 17 Dec 2001, Lynne Murphy wrote:
> Someone just wrote (and I deleted too soon!) that 'the problem is is that'
> gets 700 hits on (I think) Altavista. I tried using Altavista for exact
> word matches a while ago and found that even though I'd put the words into
> quote marks, it still ignored the words that are not supposed to 'count' in
> a search, like 'the' and 'is'. I wrote to them complaining about this, so
> maybe it's fixed, but I'd be cautious about trusting that number with out
> checking the websites it's 'hitting'--especially the ones that are lower on
> the list.
> Dr M Lynne Murphy
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> Acting Director, MA in Applied Linguistics
> School of Cognitive and Computing Sciences
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