[Catalog-sig] Search engine relevance

Jacob Kaplan-Moss jacob at jacobian.org
Fri Mar 8 15:51:05 CET 2013

Hi Antoine -

Yes, PyPI's search engine is rather simplistic, I think that's a
pretty well-known problem.

For the time being you might try Crate instead (crate.io); I've found
its search engine to be much much better.


On Fri, Mar 8, 2013 at 8:00 AM, Antoine Pitrou <solipsis at pitrou.net> wrote:
> Hello,
> 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:
> https://pypi.python.org/pypi?%3Aaction=search&term=agi&submit=search
> 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
> here.
> Regards
> Antoine.
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