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Re: [Koha-devel] Stop words


From: Albert P. Calame
Subject: Re: [Koha-devel] Stop words
Date: Mon Aug 4 20:13:21 2003

Hi Owen!
    I don't know for sure how they are supposed to work in Koha, but the
theory is that when you execute a search, certain words that are not useful
(in terms of keyword searching anyway) are stopped out and ignored.  Thus
you don't end up getting the stop words "anded" into the search and taking
processing time. It speeds the search up significantly.
    In other systems I have used, a search for "the" wouldn't have yielded
results - because "the" wouldn't have been in the index.
    I suspect that the behaviour that you report is the intended behaviour.
It is what I would have expected, and what I think is most useful - although
I can't really see why anyone would want to search for "the" except in
curiosity to see how many items turn up.

    Regards,
    Al Calame

Management Consultant,
Librarian-at-Large,
Albert P. Calame Consulting
Montreal, Qu├ębec, Canada

514-745-3424
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----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Owen Leonard" <address@hidden>
To: <address@hidden>
Sent: Monday, August 04, 2003 3:25 PM
Subject: [Koha-devel] Stop words


> How are stop words supposed to work?  It appears that if you do a search
on a
> single stop word, it will execute the search:  searching for 'the' will
return
> results in our catalog.  If you do a search on a stop word plus another
term,
> it seems to ignore the stop word: searching for 'the stuff' will only
return
> results from 'stuff.'
>
> Is this the intended behavior?
>
>   -- Owen
>
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