2361433 - FAQ Catalog Search Engine with progressive relevance

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2361433 - FAQ Catalog Search Engine with progressive relevance


Could you please explain how is the catalog search engine supposed to work?


Learning Management System (LMS)


For example: if you search for "Project Environment" and got the following results:

1) In title "Project, Environment"
2) In title "Project Environment"
3) In Description "Project Environment,"
4) In Description "Project Environment"

The index ignores "," as meaningless punctuation. It is not indexed, and it is stripped out during key wording. The same is true of ".". Including these two punctuation characters would result in a lot of results that are good matches being ignored. It is a very common and accepted practice when implementing a search index.

Using "" for an exact search is a feature of the search. It forces an exact match and prevents keyword tokenization.

You can also use ** for a wild card search.


The search is a keyword "OR". So if you search or "Management Life" it will be broken into two keywords: "Management" and "Life" and every match will be returned.

The "AND" factors into relevancy. Results that have both will be ranked higher than those that only have one. So the better matches should be at the top of the list or on the first page or so.

If the user wants a pure "AND" search, they can surround the search phrase in double quotes.

See Also

2269671 - How to use b1511 new browser catalog functionality

2142920 - Using and enabling Suggested searches for Catalogs - Learning

2265969 - LMS: How to set the default sort options and order on the catalog search screen

2075320 - FAQ: How do you use the Recommended Items in Learning Catalogs?

2262732 - LMS: How to display items on the "Featured" tile on the Learning UI


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