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 Subject: Google Answers Category: Computers > Internet Asked by: boomering-ga List Price: \$2.00 Posted: 15 Jan 2003 12:23 PST Expires: 14 Feb 2003 12:23 PST Question ID: 143137
 ```The other day I posted a \$200 question, and it made me wonder: how many \$200 questions have been posted to date? A number will suffice; a graph with dollar amounts on the x axis and number of questions posted on the y axis would be superb```
 ```Thanks, Boomering, for an interesting question. It was a lot of work for 2 bucks, but it was a lot of fun. I hope you find the answer satisfying. Thanks too, to Ericynot for taking the first step. There's no easy way to post a graph here (and if I tried even an ASCII-type graph, it would no doubt lose the formatting) but here are the raw numbers I came up with: Questions at: Answered Unanswered Total \$200 131 76 207 \$150-199 43 28 71 \$101-149 20 7 27 \$100 307 200 507 \$51-99 34 105 139 _____ _____ _____ Subtotal 535 416 951 A couple of observations. --You'll notice the grand total of questions valued at more than \$50 is 951 -- almost 1,000. That's because the Google Answers sorting system seems to top out at 1,000. When I sort the list from the most to least expensive, I can't get it to show me the questions much beyond those at a \$50 value (and if I sort from least to most expensive, the first several thousand are all \$2 questions). --In other words, I can't figure a way to extract info beyond what I've shown here for e.g. questions at \$25 -- perhaps another researcher cares to give it a shot. --There's a strange thing that happens with the \$51-99 questions -- a lot more of these are unanswered than answered, while it's just the reverse for the other price categories. I wonder why? --Ericynot ("Y not"...I just got it!) is right about something being hinky with the total number of questions in the system. It looks to be around 20,000, but different "cuts" of the list give you somewhat different results. That's about all I can offer for now. Hope this does the trick. I try to give the best answers possible, but if you'd like any more information, please post a "Request for Clarification" before rating this answer.``` Request for Answer Clarification by boomering-ga on 15 Jan 2003 20:43 PST ```Thanks for the great work. One thing would put this into perspective for me: how long has Google Answers been in existence? And re the \$200 question, it was locked for about 10 hours today with the message that a researcher was answering it. Now it is not locked and still open. Does that mean the researcher gave up and abandoned the question? This is worth a bonus. It's critical because i need an answer by tomorrow. Best regards, Boomering``` Clarification of Answer by pafalafa-ga on 16 Jan 2003 06:40 PST ```The very first question in the Google Answer "archives" is "Why is the sky blue?" and it's dated April 9, 2002. You can see an early press article about Google Answers here: http://www.internetnews.com/ent-news/article.php/7_1013021 As for your as-yet unanswered question, I see that Czh-ga has offered a pretty detailed clarification (not here, but at the other question) and I don't have much to add to his comment. I'd love to be able to tackle that question, but it asks for such specific types of information -- some of which simply may not be available -- that many researchers are reluctant to attempt an answer and risk disappointing an important client like yourself. But best of luck with the job search and everything else in this New Year of ours.```
 ```I was going to post the following as the answer until I realized I could not resolve certain ambiguities concerning the Google Answers system, so, rather than get into a protracted debate, I'll throw out what I had written for discussion, followed by additional thoughts: ---------------------------------------------------------------- Hi boomering, Interesting question. Your \$200.00 posted offer (unfortunately) is in a very elite group :) Out of the 21,726 questions in the Google Answers archives, only 207 (or .925%) were top-dollar. I arrived at this answer by going to the Google Answers main page: http://answers.google.com/answers/main I then played around until I found a search term that could be guaranteed to exist within every GA question. What was it? "GA", of course :) Next, I ordered the results in price order and looked through them (at 10 per page) until reaching the end of the \$200 questions. Pretty simple really except that the Google software is in a bad mood today and I kept getting the message "Unable to process request. Please try again later." Interesting factoid: there has only been one \$199.00 question posted. I must qualify the numbers above by saying that Google editors, from time to time, remove questions for various Terms of Service reasons, so there may have been other \$200.00 questions posted that are no longer in the system. I would expect those to be few, if any. Thanks for an interesting question, ericynot-ga ---------------------------------------------------------------------- I decided not to publish the answer above when I noticed that the current highest question number is (at this moment in time) 143,177 (rather than 21,726). I then looked through the Answers database in reverse chronological order and noticed that many question numbers are missing. Rather than speculate about matters only Google Answers editors can address with certainty, I am ceasing this effort and posting it for others to take up. By the way, if no convincing argument is made nullifying my answer above, I'll be happy to post it as the "official" one.```