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Announcing test for search relevancy algorithm

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Announcing test for search relevancy algorithm

Posted: 23 Jun 2011 8:59AM GMT
Classification: Query
Hi all,

I wanted to let you know that we have been listening to you. We are in the process of rolling out a test to evaluate whether or not the following default behaviors on new search are the correct default behaviors. These include:

1) Whether Soundex should be included by default on new search. For this first test, we will be comparing how successful searchers are under the current default behavior (with Soundex on) vs. Soundex off (but phonetic on).

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 Mary Smith, when you search for John Smith. 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.

This test reflects our commitment to taking a reasoned approach to significant changes to the user experience. Along the same lines, we will be gradually rolling out the test groups, so it may be a few weeks before you (potentially) see one of the test groups with the different default experience. Regardless of which test group you are in, exact filters will continue to work, so you can override whatever your default is with whatever you want for that particular query.

Search Product Team
SubjectAuthorDate Posted
tripthrutime 23 Jun 2011 2:59PM GMT 
Teri Pettit 23 Jun 2011 4:18PM GMT 
tripthrutime 23 Jun 2011 4:56PM GMT 
Teri Pettit 23 Jun 2011 5:21PM GMT 
scwbcm 24 Jun 2011 6:05AM GMT 
JoMac53 24 Jun 2011 2:48PM GMT 
tripthrutime 24 Jun 2011 4:30PM GMT 
ludlowbaylive 24 Jun 2011 7:52PM GMT 
tripthrutime 24 Jun 2011 9:31PM GMT 
JoMac53 24 Jun 2011 9:37PM GMT 
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