How big is the world wide web?

Darrell Rhodenizer & André Trudel

Jodrey School of Computer Science

Acadia University

Wolf Ville, Nova Scotia, Canada, B4P 2R6





The World Wide Web is one of the most popular and quickly growing aspects of the Internet.  Ways in which computer scientists attempt to estimate its size vary from making educated guesses, to performing extensive analyses on search engine databases.  We present a new way of measuring the size of the World Wide Web using “Quadrat Counts”, a technique used by biologists for population sampling. 


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