[ic] "Fuzzy" searching

Grant emailgrant at gmail.com
Thu Mar 29 10:02:55 EST 2007

> > > > I'm actually hoping to search the title and description fields of my
> > > > products table.  Would Swish work well for that or is it mainly
> > > > designed to crawl and index HTML pages?
> > > >
> > > There are no "pages" in the RTFM website.  All of the text is in
> > > various database tables.  Crawling tables is just as easy as crawling
> > > HTML pages.  In fact, it's quicker and easier to select from a table.
> > >
> > Nice.  Do you use it for speed and fuzzy searching?
> >
> I use it for fuzzy searching and for the general accuracy of its
> results.  It's very quick too, which is always a bonus.
> > >
> > > I use "op=aq", and I'm happy with that.
> > >
> > I installed Text::Query::Advanced but op=aq doesn't seem to be
> > working.  Is there any special configuration that needs to be done?
> >
> I have "Require module Text::Query" in interchange.cfg.  I don't
> think that that is required;  The directive is really there to give
> me a kick if I move the website to another server and forget to
> install the module.
> Did you install Text::Query or just Text::Query::Advanced?  I think
> Text::Query comes with both ::Advanced and and ::Simple sub-modules.
> You'll need the base module.

I wasn't using Gentoo's g-cpan tool properly before.  Installing
Text::Query installed both Simple.pm and Advanced.pm.  op=tq is
working great and I'm very happy with the results.  op=aq isn't
working but that's ok.  Have you compared tq vs. aq?

The CPAN page for Text::Query::Simple describes it this way:

"Match text against simple query expression and return relevance value
for ranking"

Do you pull that relevancy data into IC for usage there?

- Grant

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