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Re: Testing new Search engine: test #1

Posted by JJ on May 23, 1999 at 12:38:15:

In Reply to: Testing new Search engine posted by TenantNet on May 22, 1999 at 16:34:48:

: We're testing a new search engine for the Message Board. It should search the current forum and all archives. It's a lot faster than the old search function. But it may be a bit confusing in operation (feedback welcome).

: From the current message board page, you can search by KEYWORD meaning if you type in "Vallone" or "pets" it will return messages containing those words.

: If you go to the Advanced Search page, you then have an option to search by KEYWORD or by CONCEPT. Help is available from that page. Some articles returned by a CONCEPT search might not contain the words you specify. For example, if you specify "dog" some returned articles might contain "pet" or "cat" but not "dog."

: Also, when results are returned, you can then display the results by "confidence" or by "group".

: At present, the results only return about 20 articles; we're working on that.

tested 'overcharge': got 40 hits, some 100%, some 98%.

all contained the word 'overcharge' in the body of the message, some also in the subject line, some also had variations like 'overcharging' 'overcharges'. there is no discernable logic to the rating 100% vs 98%. also: sometimes a reply quoting the original with 'overcharge' is there, the original is not.

the messages' dates are random, from 98 to current, in no particular order: can you make it return in 'most recent date first' order within xx%?

all tested links worked.

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