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Re: COMP: quirks of the archives

  • Subject: Re: [iris-talk] COMP: quirks of the archives
  • From: "Colleen Modra" <irises@senet.com.au>
  • Date: Sun, 1 Jul 2001 04:59:26 +1000

I'd try searching for "stratify" or "stratification" since thats the term
most would have used

----- Original Message -----
From: Linda Mann <lmann@icx.net>
To: iris-talk <iris-talk@yahoogroups.com>
Sent: Saturday, June 30, 2001 9:15 PM
Subject: [iris-talk] COMP: quirks of the archives

> I tried to track down all the posts in the Mallorn archives about
> stratification of TB seeds by refrigerating or freezing back when we
> were talking about 'flushing' seeds & couldn't get the search engine to
> cooperate - it would give me freezer & refrigerator posts, but wasn't
> limiting the results to include only the posts about seeds.  A temporary
> puzzle for Chris (our faithful archives keeper).  Here's what he figured
> out:
> =================== Chris sez ==================
> The software that builds an index of words keeps track of which words
> are very common (like and, or, the).  If a word appears more than 500
> times in one megabyte of data, the word goes into a 'stop list' and
> isn't used in the queries anymore.
> It turns out that 'seed' is a very common word in the iris-talk
> archives,
> so it is excluded as a viable (no pun intended) search term.
> ==================  end =================
> I thought others might be interested in knowing this - probably doesn't
> interfere with most searches, but could occasionally be a problem.  I
> think it works to search for <seed> by itself, but not in a string like
> I was using: <seed AND (refrig OR freez)>.  Also, I think Chris was able
> to get it to work right when he did a year at a time search, but not all
> years at once.
> Also, the search engine in iris-photos is working right again now (some
> of you had posted you couldn't find things).
> Linda Mann
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