Ranking Parameters determines the relevance of a search result before it is returned to the user.
This is based on a number of ranking parameters listed below:
- Content Size – Size of the document is in bytes
- Last Indexed Date – A number indicating the last time the document was indexed (e.g. modified date)
- First Indexed Date – A number indicating the first time the document was indexed (e.g. create date)
- Page Rank – Number of references to the page
- Popularity (number of times link navigated to, from search results) – The number of times someone has clicked on an article from a search
- Relevance (number of occurrences of search term in the results) – Number of times the search term appears in a document or article etc
- Source Bonus (specified in Add/Edit Source) – Sources with a higher bonus will be given a higher priority in the Search results
- Field Type Bonus (Term occurring in a particular field type [Specified in “Field Type Bonus” will have a higher rank]) – Field types with a higher bonus will be given a higher priority in the Search results
Ranking parameters can be set by increasing or decreasing the weight and power.
For example, if the Weight or Power of the ‘Popularity’ parameter was increased, the search results
would rank popular items higher in the search results