Knowledge Graph

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Knowledge Graph (KG) is a Google database whose results are often shown in Google Search results of people, businesses and places. It was started in 2012. It claims to go beyond simple string searching towards "semantic search".


Google seems to populate the graph database based on English Wikipedia results and then expands on the data once the main object is created. For instance, if a Wikipedia biography is created, KG creates a similar object about a week later and does some of its own research to expand upon the biography, obtaining information about family relations and such and making liberal use of images that Wikipedia might reject for copyright reasons. If such a biography or other entry gets deleted from Wikipedia, it seems that it is also deleted from KG within a few weeks.[1] The semantic information built up in KG is used in the Google Instant feature (where Google rapidly provides suggested searches based on a partially-entered search string) and in the Google Search results.