Google brings localized Knowledge Graph answers for French, Japanese, Russian and four other languages

December 5, 2012
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Google is constantly updating its Knowledge Graph to provide better and richer search results to the users.  But this innovative feature has been useless for those who perform searches in their local languages.

That might change if you speak French, Japanese, Russian, Italian, German, Spanish, or Portuguese. The search giant has announced on its Inside Search blog that users who perform searches in the mentioned languages will start seeing new answers from Knowledge Graph.

For those of you who are not familiar with Knowledge Graph, it is the project that maps out real world things as diverse as movies, bridges, and planets and allows users to quickly discover new information right from Google’s results page.

The implementation of Knowledge Graph into local searches will help users to get detailed and interactive localized information through Google search. For example if a user searches for 白鵬 in Japanese, the search engine will show the top ranked sumo wrestler along with his ranks. Similarly, if a Russian user searches for петр I, Google will display results for Czar Peter the Great and also let the user explore his family connections and other famous rulers of the country.

Google notes in the blog post, that this new implementation is much more than just translation as the Knowledge Graph will also take into account the different meanings of the same word according to the region. For example, the word football has different meanings in the United States and European countries. The system will recognize the appropriate meaning of the word according to the user’s location.

The Knowledge graph now covers 570 million entities, 18 billion facts and connections. Google says that it is working to improve it even more.

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