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Announcing upcoming test for search relevancy

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Announcing upcoming test for search relevancy

Posted: 26 Oct 2012 10:02AM 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 to help you find the records for your ancestors most easily. You may recall that our earlier test (http://boards.ancestry.com/topics.ancestry.ancimprovements/1...) 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.

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

Thanks,

John
Ancestry.com
Search Product Team
SubjectAuthorDate Posted
tripthrutime 26 Oct 2012 4:02PM GMT 
BurgessDonnel... 26 Oct 2012 7:16PM GMT 
frostfreedet 26 Oct 2012 10:05PM GMT 
scwbcm 26 Oct 2012 10:30PM GMT 
tripthrutime 26 Oct 2012 10:38PM GMT 
BurgessDonnel... 26 Oct 2012 10:52PM GMT 
frostfreedet 27 Oct 2012 8:04AM GMT 
daciodan 27 Oct 2012 2:16PM GMT 
tripthrutime 31 Oct 2012 10:14PM GMT 
frostfreedet 31 Oct 2012 3:50PM GMT 
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