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Different total results depending on 'start' parameter

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  • Dave Challis
    Hi, For many queries I ve tried, I get a large number of results from the initial query, but then this drops dramatically as I increase the start parameter
    Message 1 of 1 , Feb 27 8:33 AM
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      Hi,
      For many queries I've tried, I get a large number of results from the initial query, but then this drops dramatically as I increase the 'start' parameter of my requests to get deeper results.

      For example, I'm using the query:

      http://yboss.yahooapis.com/ysearch/web?q=obama&count=50&format=json&start=0
      the start of my response is:
      {"bossresponse":{"responsecode":"200","web":{"start":"0","count":"50","totalresults":"122000000","results":…

      When I repeat the above query, but increase start by some amount (say 500), my query is:

      http://yboss.yahooapis.com/ysearch/web?q=obama&count=50&format=json&start=500
      the start of my response is:
      {"bossresponse":{"responsecode":"200","web":{"start":"500","count":"50","totalresults":"708","results":…


      The total results seems to vary as I increase 'start' from 0 to 1000 in increments of 50:
      start totalresults
      0 122000000
      50 124000000
      100 121000000
      150 122000000
      200 122000000
      250 122000000
      300 122000000
      350 122000000
      400 124000000
      450 122000000
      500 708
      550 708
      600 708
      650 708
      700 708
      750 708
      800 708
      850 708
      900 708
      950 708
      1000 708

      This happens for many different search terms, and on both the 'web' and 'limitedweb' services.

      Thanks,
      Dave
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