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Re: Ranking, even with strong bias

From: Peter Karman <peter(at)>
Date: Thu Feb 03 2005 - 20:59:26 GMT
and I should also ask, which RankScheme are you using?

Tac Tacelosky wrote on 2/3/05 2:33 PM:

> We're indexing about 130 XML files, varying from tiny to huge.  They
> basically consists of products with a title and description, and they're all
> merged into one giant index (for speed) at the end.  I'd really like the
> results to be heavily biased if the search term is in the title.  My config
> file is set to
> MetaNamesRank +9 name
> MetaNamesRank -7 description
> My top result is a long description that has variations of those two words
> (several times, unfortunately, and in a completely unrelated way, far from
> each other).  What I'm trying to do is either tweak the config, or tweak the
> query, so that a single match in the title outweighs multiple matches in the
> description.  Big bonus would be when the words showed up as a phrase, to
> have higher ranking, but not restricted to that.  I had thought about a
> query like (title:"graphic OR design") OR (description:"graphic design"),
> but that's not even right.
> So, I guess I'm wondering if adjusting the IgnoreTotalWordCountWhenRanking
> to no will make it so that one or two words of a 5 word title will be ranked
> much higher than 8 words of a 100-word description.  Or...?
> I realize that MetaNamesRank in merged files is still considered
> "experimental", too.
> Thanks!
> Tac

Peter Karman  .  .  peter(at)
Received on Thu Feb 3 12:59:27 2005