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Search and Browse portlet search result also returns seemingly unrelated words.

Technote (troubleshooting)


While using the Search and Browse portlet, the user types the word "Julie" to search a collection. Results also return links containing the word "July."


This is working as designed.

Resolving the problem

This is a not a bug. This issue is an effect of the word stemming used by WebSphere® Portal, merely a heuristic for removing morphological suffixes from a word. Therefore, "Julie" and "July" have the same word stem of "Jul" and are awarded the same relevance.

For example, a stemming algorithm reduces the words "fishing," "fished," "fish," and "fisher" to the root word "fish". If one wants to search for the word in a specific form, it should be put it in quotation marks. This method of search ranking is the state of the art in many popular search engines available today.

Cross reference information
Segment Product Component Platform Version Edition
Organizational Productivity- Portals & Collaboration WebSphere Portal End of Support Products AIX, HP-UX, i5/OS, Linux, Solaris, Windows, z/OS 5.1.0 Enable, Extend

Document information

More support for: WebSphere Portal End of Support Products
WebSphere Portal

Software version: 6.0

Operating system(s): AIX, HP-UX, IBM i, Linux, Solaris, Windows

Software edition: Enable, Extend, Server

Reference #: 1243065

Modified date: 20 July 2009