This boy can give Google a tough competition! Sixteen-year-old Indian-origin Canadian citizen, Anmol Tukrel has designed a personalised search engine what looks like a “47% more accurate than Google, and about 21% more accurate on an average”.
Anmol is a X grade student. He took a couple of month to design the search engine and around 60 hours to code the engine as his submission into Google Science Fair, which is a global online competition open to students from age 13 to 18 years.
“I thought I would do something in the personalized search space. It was the most genius thing ever. But when I realized Google already does it, I tried taking it to the next level.” as reported by TOI.
Anmol came in India for a 2-week internship programme at Bengaluru-based adtech firm IceCream Labs. Anmol is a student of Holy Trinity School in Toronto. He studied coding in grade 3 and took to two subjects math and coding.
What he used for his project? A computer with 1 gigabyte of free storage space, a python-language development environment, a spreadsheet program and access to Google and New York Times.
Anmol had limited his search query to the current year’s news articles from the The New York Times in order to check the accuracy levels of search engines. For this, Anmol created fictitious users with different interests and web histories. This information was fed to both Google and his interest-based search engine. The results from the two search engine were then compared to check their accuracy levels.
“For someone to look at a successful Google product and attempt to go one level up, it’s astonishing.” Sanjay Ramakrishnan, co-founder of Ice-Cream Labs, and former marketing manager of Myntra said great words about Anmol.
“My computer teacher was pretty impressed with the project. I skipped a year in computer science, so they knew I was good, but may be not so good,” Anmol.
He has submitted his papers at International High School Journal of Science and dreams to join Standford University to study computer science. He thinks it is a stupid idea to drop out and join Paypal or any other organisation.
Anmol also owns a company named, Tacocat Computers with parental consent. He does not plan to drop out and wants to go to school to study in IIth grade. “To be honest, it’s incredibly stupid to drop out. It’s very arrogant to think that your idea is so good, that you don’t need to learn anything,” said Tukrel.
News sourced from Times Of India