Catalog search should find one-word variations of separately entered keywords

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For instance, a keyword search for...

skinny taste cookbook

...currently doesn't return "The Skinnytaste Cookbook" in the search results (because "skinny taste" currently has no relationship with "skinnytaste").

If we changed the search algorithm to include merged variations of keywords, we'd obviously want to test it thoroughly to avoid unintended consequences, but I think it's worth considering.

Status: 
Under review

Comments

Re: Catalog search should find one-word variations of ...

I imagine this would be hard to do, but it would be fantastically helpful—and we know it can be done, as Google is very, very good at this. (I suspect it is related to the way they handle "did you mean" type matching.)

Re: Catalog search should find one-word variations of ...

Moderator

For examples like "Skinnytaste," good cataloging practice is to create an added title in the record with the standard spelling/spacing, in this example, Skinny taste.   But we're not seeing as many of these added titles for titles like this as we used to.

And even if we were, there are a lot of terms that are sometimes written as a single word and sometimes as two words (or hyphenated, which amounts to the same thing.  For example: rain forest/rainforest.  I'd like to be able to fix the predictable ones by adding them to a synonym list, but I still agree that it would be good for the system to notice these in searching.

Re: Catalog search should find one-word variations of ...

I would like the catalog to search for items better, for example when you don't have

an exact title sometimes you cannot find the item at all