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Let Google Answer Your Complex Questions

Posted on 11.16.2015

Google’s voice search is getting better at understanding complex inquiries.

In fact, Google announced that its app now better understand the meaning and intent of the questions users ask. For instance, the app can now understand superlatives like tallest and largest, as well as ordered items. This means that users can ask questions like “What are the largest cities in Iowa by area?” or “Who are the tallest Mavericks players?”

It is important to note that Google’s app can also better understand questions about a particular point in time ("What was the population of Singapore in 1965?"), as well as complex combinations ("What was the U.S. population when Bernie Sanders was born?"). While this update will definitely help Google deliver more relevant answers to users queries, the tech juggernaut notes that its voice search is still growing and learning – which means it will still make mistakes. That said, Google notes that it is working hard on better understanding users’ questions so it can find the correct answers.

“The Google app is starting to truly understand the meaning of what you’re asking. We can now break down a query to understand the semantics of each piece so we can get at the intent behind the entire question,” Google said in its announcement. “That lets us traverse the Knowledge Graph much more reliably to find the right facts and compose a useful answer. And we can build on this base to answer harder questions.”

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