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Re: incomplete results compared to meta seach?

From: Bill Moseley <moseley(at)>
Date: Fri Sep 05 2003 - 19:52:00 GMT
On Fri, Sep 05, 2003 at 10:21:00AM -0700, todd breslow wrote:
> hi,
> i have about 50,000 documents indexed and am behavior where a search 
> for a term against the index is returning much less results that a 
> search against a meta index. does the following make sense? i would 
> expect a general search for a unique word like "saignon" to find all 12 
> matches. is this just an issue of my tuning swish-e?

What I think you are missing is that every search is a metaname search.

  swish-e -w foo

is the same as

  swish-e -w swishdefault=foo

Just because you don't specify a metaname doesn't mean it searches all 
metanames.  It doesn't.

I have wanted for a while to do something like:

  swish-e -w city,state=foo

where it would search for foo in both metanames, or

  swish-e -w *=foo

search regardless of metaname.

There might be a reason why that won't work, though.  It would be hard 
to do:

  swish-e -w city,state='foo "bar baz"'

because you couldn't do a phrase match across metanames.

If you want to do an all search you need to wrap you data like:

  <city>San Francisco</city>

But that does increase the size of the index.

Bill Moseley
Received on Fri Sep 5 19:52:15 2003