Google’s PageRank Explained or Why You Should’ve Paid Attention in Math 319

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Okay, I’m still reading How Google Finds Your Needle in the Web’s Haystack, but this much is clear:

PageRank is complicated.

My motivation for posting this is entirely selfish. Next time someone asks “can you tell Google to put my page at the top?” I can reply “that all depends on your eigenvalues, here’s a link.”

I don’t know about you, but in my experience, using the word eigenvalue usually puts an end to any conversation. ;)

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