First, let’s consider the average human contestant on the game show. The average contestant only buzzes in and answers about 60% of the questions correctly.
Ken Jennings, Jeopardy! superstar, was able to buzz in with a whopping 79% success rate.
So how do today’s search engines fare?
About as well as you would expect… and not nearly as good as Ken Jennings’ performance:
- Google leads the pack, with 69% of the answers to the asked questions appearing on the search result page.
- Ask came in second, at 68%.
- Bing was at 63%
But having the answer appear on the search result page is only half the battle. The other part is whether the search engine’s first response – the one that the search engine has determined to be the best match for the question posed – is of the correct answer.
In this case, Google continues to lead the #1 charge, coming in with a 66% success rating. Bing was a close second at 65%, and Ask follows in third at 51%.
What does this mean? If you’re looking for the correct answer to your question, Jeopardy!-style, then Google is still the one to beat. Nothing wrong with Bing or Ask – but you may have to dig a little for the answer instead of relying on result #1 of the search result page.