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Re: Biasing the search ranking

From: Peter Karman <peter(at)>
Date: Tue Jan 31 2006 - 19:13:16 GMT
make sure you read:

have you tried both ranking schemes for comparison?

Aliasgar Dahodwala scribbled on 1/31/06 10:47 AM:

> We are currently using swish-e 2.4.3 to index our University webpages. 
> We use the supplied to grab all the webpages and to filter pdf 
> files.
> There are considerable amount of pdf files that get indexed. The search 
> results always returns the pdf files ranked higher then the webpages. As 
> I understand this could be due to the higher frequency of the word 
> appearing in the pdf files. I tried using the 
> IgnoreTotalWordCountWhenRanking directive in swishe config file. But 
> that didn't help much.
> Another option was to use the MetaNamesRank  to bias the ranks for meta 
> tags. The output generated by the pdf filter is always enclosed by <pre> 
> .. </pre> tags. So having something like
> MetaNamesRank -3 pre
> and including pre in the MetaNames list does the trick for now.
> Is there any other way to do this that i missed? does anyone have a 
> better suggestion?
> Would such a feature of biasing ranks based on file types be include in 
> future versions?
> Thanks,

Peter Karman  .  .  peter(at)
Received on Tue Jan 31 11:13:21 2006