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Re: Inaccurate ranking?

From: Mark Gaulin <gaulin(at)>
Date: Sun Feb 21 1999 - 00:32:32 GMT
The ranking is "complex". It uses the total number of words in
a file to spread out the "weight" of any given word more "evenly."
This behavior did not work for me so I added a new directive
called "IgnoreTotalWordCountWhenRanking". You should see t
this (commented out) in your config file. Uncomment it and
set it to "yes", then reindex.  This will cause the rank to be more 
in line with word count. Try this and see if it helps.

At 03:39 PM 2/20/99 -0800, wrote:
>Sorry for posting what may be a blatantly newbie
>comment/question ;-) but for some reason a search
>on a particular keyword always returns an inaccurate
>ranking.  This keyword "gmc" occurs at least twice
>on every page ( once in a metatag and once in a link )
>but more than ten times on a particular page.
>( I have a search box on every page, and why
>people search for this word when there is a link is
>beyond me but they do anyway ;-)
>It is a small site with only a few dozen pages
>and if I search for this keyword that I know
>for sure occurs on a certain page more
>times than other pages, the said page is
>ranked far down the list.
>The command line is simple with just
>the -f -w and -m options specified.
>I've read in the mailing list that the ran
>algorithm takes a few things into account
>when ranking but I just can't see why it
>would override the total number of
>occurrences of a keyword as the most important
>I've been using Swish ( not Swish-e ) and have
>been logging the visitors search keywords
>( and this keyword is a popular one... hence
>the reason for me testing it ).  I'm not obsessed
>with this keyword ;-) i'm just curious how often the
>same inacurate ranking is occurring on other words also.
>Oh, by the way.  This bad ranking is NOT occurring
>with the old Swish.
>Comments anyone?
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Received on Sat Feb 20 16:25:13 1999