[Catalog-sig] Search engine relevance

Antoine Pitrou solipsis at pitrou.net
Fri Mar 8 15:00:40 CET 2013


It seems the PyPI search engine is quite crude and doesn't try to make the
results relevant at all.
For example, if I'm trying to search "agi" in the hope of finding modules
relevant to the Asterisk Gateway Interface (nicknamed "AGI"), I get the
following results:


As you can see, a large number of results pop up simply because they contain
the word "magic", which apparently is considered to match the "agi" request.
Clearly either the selection or the weighting algorithm isn't very efficient



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