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Improving searches - from OR to AND?

There's a search box on the top of all our regular pages - put a word in there, submit the form, and you'll be offered a selection of appropriate pages ... and if there's nothing relevant, you'll be offered nearby spellings. Try a search for Ireland and a search for Irelond.

Search for multiple words, and our search box (until 30 minutes ago) would find you the top pages for each of those two words. Word xxxx OR word yyyy. But that's been becoming less than ideal. As our site grows, users who call for multiple words no longer want to be presented with the top pages for each of them - they want priority to be given to pages that match word xxxx AND word yyyy. The new algorithm is in - try deleting cookie or python printf.

But our server has already forgotten the instructions it had until 30 minutes ago, so now it'll work rather better (far from perfect - search algorithms are a law unto themselves) if you try any of the suggestions in this item ... or your own:

Search for:

(written 2007-05-11)

 
Associated topics are indexed as below, or enter http://melksh.am/nnnn for individual articles
G900 - Well House Consultants - Miscellany
  [3775] Alan Turing - 1912 to 1954 - (2012-06-23)
  [3612] Help to get online in Melksham - (2012-02-13)
  [3315] Friday - Electrician, Food Festival, C++ Course, Rail Group Meeting - (2011-06-03)
  [3000] Looking forward - the next 3000 - (2010-10-16)
  [2534] And now for some posts a bit more technical - (2009-12-12)
  [2258] Questions I have been asked on answering the phone - (2009-06-26)
  [2144] Looking for a career change - Physician to Web Site Designer - (2009-04-28)
  [2019] Baby Caleb and Fortune City in your web logs? - (2009-01-31)
  [1898] Every cloud has a silver lining - (2008-11-21)
  [1867] Domain Renewal Group - (2008-11-02)
  [1040] What the customer is looking for - effective training - (2007-01-17)
  [1038] Know to the police - (2007-01-16)
  [1024] Web site - a refresh to improve navigation - (2007-01-07)
  [636] What is your business latency and potential? - (2006-03-06)
  [397] Where now for dial-up providers? - (2005-07-30)
  [336] Targetted Advertising - (2005-06-05)
  [333] Do NOT follow links or read attachments in these emails - (2005-06-01)
  [201] 0870 telephone numbers - (2005-02-03)
  [170] MySQL, Java, PHP and Linux - new technical articles - (2005-01-06)

H112 - PHP - Further Web Page and Network Handling
  [4070] Passing variable between PHP pages - hidden fields, cookies and sessions - (2013-04-26)
  [3918] Multiple page web applications - maintaining state - PHP - (2012-11-10)
  [3568] Telling which ServerAlias your visitor used - useful during merging domains - (2012-01-04)
  [3540] Easy session example in PHP - keeping each customers data apart - (2011-12-06)
  [3432] 3 digit HTTP status codes - what are they, which are most common, which should be a concern? - (2011-09-11)
  [3036] Sending out an email containing HTML from within a PHP page - (2010-11-07)
  [2918] Downloading a report from the web for further local analysis - (2010-08-13)
  [2729] Uploading a document or image to its own URL via a browser - (2010-04-18)
  [2679] How to build a test harness into your PHP - (2010-03-16)
  [2632] Shipping a test harness with your class in PHP - (2010-02-12)
  [1549] http, https and ajp - comparison and choice - (2008-02-22)
  [1518] Downloading data for use in Excel (from PHP / MySQL) - (2008-01-25)
  [1515] Keeping staff up to date on hotel room status - (2008-01-22)
  [1505] Script to present commonly used images - PHP - (2008-01-13)
  [1496] PHP / Web 2 logging - (2008-01-06)
  [1495] Single login and single threaded models - Java and PHP - (2008-01-04)
  [1485] Copyright and theft of images, bandwidth and members. - (2007-12-26)
  [1379] Simple page password protection - PHP - (2007-10-04)
  [1355] .php or .html extension? Morally Static Pages - (2007-09-17)
  [1210] PHP header() function - uses and new restrictions - (2007-05-30)
  [1187] Updating a page strictly every minute (PHP, Perl) - (2007-05-14)
  [1114] PHP Image upload script - (2007-03-21)
  [1009] Passing GET parameters through Apache mod_rewrite - (2006-12-27)
  [936] Global, Superglobal, Session variables - scope and persistance in PHP - (2006-11-21)
  [904] Of course I'll tell you by email - (2006-10-25)
  [847] Image maps for navigation - a straightforward example - (2006-08-28)
  [789] Hot answers in PHP - (2006-07-02)
  [767] Finding the language preference of a web site visitor - (2006-06-18)
  [675] Adding PHP tags to an old cgi program - (2006-04-08)
  [603] PHP - setting sort order with an associative array - (2006-02-13)
  [565] Using PHP to output images, XML, Style sheets, etc - (2006-01-15)
  [542] Morning image, afternoon image - (2005-12-26)
  [537] Daily Image Santafied - (2005-12-22)
  [484] Setting the file name for a downloaded document - (2005-11-03)
  [451] Accessing a page via POST from within a PHP script - (2005-09-26)
  [443] Server side scripting of styles to suit the browser - (2005-09-12)
  [425] Caching an XML feed - (2005-08-26)
  [410] Reading a news or blog feed (RSS) in your PHP page - (2005-08-12)
  [376] What brings people to my web site? - (2005-07-13)
  [372] Time calculation in PHP - (2005-07-08)
  [356] Sudoku helper or sudoku cheat - (2005-06-23)
  [345] Spotting a denial of service attack - (2005-06-12)
  [314] What language is this written in? - (2005-05-17)
  [220] When to use Frames - (2005-02-19)

P409 - Perl - Searching
  [2233] Transforming data in Perl using lists of lists and hashes of hashes - (2009-06-12)


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