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Super Search vs Search query limits

by RuyLopez (Novice)
on Jun 14, 2002 at 13:02 UTC ( #174497=monkdiscuss: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??

hi,

When including "ip" in a super search query I received the reply:

"Search limitations: You can only search for words that are 4 letters or longer"

Given the number of TLA's in computing I humbly submit that this limitation might be worth looking at.
The regular search seems to use stop words rather than a word length limit, I presume it uses something like tfidf vectors and doesn't include common words such as "it" and "on" in the vector - searching for these thus returns 0 results.
Might whatever method is used to allow searching for short words in the regular search be applied to the super search?
cheers,
rl.

Comment on Super Search vs Search query limits
(tye)Re: Super Search vs Search query limits
by tye (Cardinal) on Jun 14, 2002 at 15:15 UTC

    No kidding. (: It's been discussed rather recently in this section (and several times in the chatter box). Super Search is being replaced. The replacement won't have this restriction.

    Hmm, if you have "show moderated content" turned off (the default), then I think this previous discussion, PerlMonks Search Regex, would have been directly above the input box (if you used the one at the bottom of Perl Monks Discussion) while you were entering your question. :)

    And I guess you haven't noticed that the regular search now ignores 3-letter words as well (see (tye)Re: Searching and Typing). That too should be changing, hopefully soon.

    This site is an unpaid job and so things often take longer than most of us would like.

            - tye (but my friends call me "Tye")
      interestingly then, and apparently contrary to (tye)Re: Searching and Typing the regular search returns results for some two letter words such as "ip" and "an", but not "tcp".
      Any explanations?
      cheers
      rl
        <tye> Boo got that completely wrong.

        The simple search doesn't use "full text search" to find exact title matches. There are nodes with "tcp" in their title but no nodes titled just "tcp". So, yes, 3-and-fewer-letter words are not ignored if one or more exact title matches exist.

                - tye (but my friends call me "Tye")

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