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Re: swishe rank

From: Peter Karman <karman(at)>
Date: Tue Mar 30 2004 - 16:31:53 GMT
Since this is now a list issue...

Here's what I've been reading:

and so on. I googled for those with 'search engine algorithms'.

The two biggest things that stand out to me re: swishe are:

1. tracking links (usage and connectivity)

Most of these articles make a big deal out of determining a page's 
"authority" based on how many links there are *to* the page amongst the 
document set. I don't know how much that would affect SWISH-E since I 
assume most folks have smallish document sets anyway. But I think it 
would be useful to investigate.

2. smart queries

Keeping track of what users actually enter as queries feels important, 
in determining how users actually use the search tool. This seems 
obvious, but I think tracking that data would go a long way toward 
making SWISH-E features like Buzzwords, Stopwords and MetaNamesRank work 
a lot more effectively.

That's where I'm at so far.


Ander supposedly wrote on 03/30/2004 10:10 AM:
> Hi Peter,
>>Subject: swishe rank
>>  From: Peter Karman <>
>>  Date: Tue, 30 Mar 2004 09:42:02 -0600
>>    To: Ander <>
>>Thought I would write to you off-list, as we are the two folks who have 
>>expressed interest in ranking issues with SWISH-E.
> Ok
>>I wonder if it would be worth our while to coordinate a bit on our 
>>research? I have been doing some reading of search engine algorithm 
>>theories, and looking at swish-e src code. I think you have too. I 
>>expect it's a "as we have time" kind of thing. Because of that, it makes 
>>some sense to me to try and focus our energies so that we're not both 
>>using our precious time doing the same thing.
> As you have well suposed, as I have time work. But I think It's a interesting and usefull work (too romantic??).
> As I said in my last post, I've been reading and understanding swish-e code. I haven't read nothing about 
> searching algorithms.
> Maybe you can put me up to date giving me some URLs...
>>What do you think? (It's also cool if you want to blow me off and do 
>>your own thing... :) ).
>>Peter Karman - Software Publications Programmer - Cray Inc
>>phone: 651-605-9009 -

Peter Karman - Software Publications Programmer - Cray Inc
phone: 651-605-9009 -
Received on Tue Mar 30 08:31:53 2004