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  • Recipe Search Tips

    This document introduces basic search concepts, and describes advanced techniques that produce more efficient search results.

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    Getting Started with Search

    To search for a product, type a few descriptive words in the search box, and press the Enter key or click the search button. A results page appears with a list of web pages that are related to your search terms, with the most relevant search results appearing at the top of the page. By default, only pages that include all of your search terms are returned. So to broaden or restrict the search, include fewer or more terms. You do not need to include "and" between the terms. For example, to search for red rose bouquets, type the following: red rose

    The search appliance uses sophisticated text-matching techniques to find pages that are both important and relevant to your search. For instance, the search appliance analyzes not only the candidate page, but also the pages that link to it, too. The search appliance also prefers pages in which your query terms are near each other. Every search result listed in the recipe search lists the item name, item ID, a photo of the item, a brief description and a link to the recipe page. In this display, your search terms are displayed in bold text so that you can quickly determine if that result is from a recipe or category page you want to look at.

    Spelling

    For searches in some languages, a single spelling suggestion is returned with the results for queries where the spell checker has detected a possible spelling mistake. The spell checker supports the following languages:

    • U.S. English

    The spell checker feature is context sensitive.

    Capitalization

    The search appliance searches are not case sensitive. All letters, regardless of how you enter them, are handled as lower case. For example, searches for "red roses," "Red Roses," and "Red roses" return the same results.

    Word Variations (Stemming)

    This search function not only for your search terms, but also for words that are similar to some or all of those terms. For example, if you search for "thanks" or "thanks*," it will also search for "thank you," "thanksgiving," and other related variations. The other word variations of your search will be highlighted in the display data with each result.

    Date Sort

    By default, search results are sorted by relevance, with the most relevant result appearing at the top of the page. If you want to sort the documents by date instead, click the Sort by Date link. The most recent document appears at the top of the page. Results that do not contain dates are displayed at the end and are sorted by relevance.

    Widening Your Search

    You can expand your search by using the OR operator. To retrieve pages that include either word A or word B, use an uppercase OR between terms. For example, type the following tulips OR orchids in the search box. 

    Refining Your Search

    Since the search appliance returns only web pages that contain all of the words in your query, refining or narrowing your search is as simple as adding more words to the search terms you have already entered. The refined query returns a subset of the pages that were returned by your original broad query. If that does not get the results that you want, you can try to exclude words, search for exact phrases, or restrict the search to a range of numbers. These techniques are described in the following subsections
    Phrase Searches

    Phrase searches are useful when you are searching for famous sayings or specific names. You can search for an exact phrase or name in the following ways:

    • By enclosing the phrase in quotation marks. The search appliance only returns documents that include the exact phrase you entered.
    • By using phrase connectors—such as hyphens, slashes, periods, equal signs, and apostrophes—in between every word of your search query.
    • A proximity query, is like a phrase query with a tilda (~) finding words that are a within a specific distance away. For example, "red rose"~1 will find products with a red rose in the recipe
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