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Announcing Relevance Test II

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Announcing Relevance Test II

Posted: 26 Oct 2012 9:59AM GMT
Classification: Query
Hi all,

We are in the process of rolling out our next test to verify the default behaviors on new search are the correct default behaviors. You may recall that our earlier test indicated we should remove Soundex matches from the default experience. This test will help us determine if we should, by default, tighten search results even more.

The changes we will be testing include:

1) Whether Phonetic algorithm matches should be included by default on new search. For this test, we will be comparing how successful searchers are under the current default behavior (with Phonetic matches on) vs. Phonetic matches off (we'll still include "similar" matches).

2) Whether there should be some degree of first name matching. Currently the website does not require any matching on first name at all. This is why you can get results for Peter Blow when you search for Joe Blow. For this test we will compare successes from the current default behavior to one where the results must match exactly, or phonetically, or similar, or because of initials.

We will be analyzing performance of the different experiences across different user types and deciding upon the configuration that works best for the most users. (I think I have a pretty good idea about what configuration you all will be pulling for.)

As with our last test, this test reflects our commitment to taking a reasoned approach to significant changes to the user experience.

Thanks,

John
SubjectAuthorDate Posted
tripthrutime 26 Oct 2012 3:59PM GMT 
AGHatchett3rd 26 Oct 2012 4:40PM GMT 
thejerrybryan 27 Oct 2012 2:37PM GMT 
frostfreedet 27 Oct 2012 3:34PM GMT 
thejerrybryan 28 Oct 2012 1:20PM GMT 
tripthrutime 29 Oct 2012 6:33PM GMT 
daciodan 11 Mar 2013 5:10PM GMT 
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