The Mathematics of Google

University College Dublin

Course Description

  • Course Name

    The Mathematics of Google

  • Host University

    University College Dublin

  • Location

    Dublin, Ireland

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    2.5 - 3
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    3.75 - 4.5
  • Overview

    The Google search engine has made accessing information easy and its speed and efficacy amazes people. This
    module explains how it works. An essential component is the ability to rank information according to its
    importance, and in Google, this relies on simple algebraic principles. Some companies hire SEOs (search engine
    optimizers) to try to gain competitive advantage by raising Google's estimate of their importance and the
    strategies used to achieve, and also to prevent, this. The mathematical areas involved are linear algebra and
    elementary probability theory. The presentation will in part be based on the book by Amy Langville and Carl
    Meyer "Google's PageRank and Beyond: The Science of Search Engine Rankings" (Princeton University Press 2006)

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