[ THUNDERSTONE ]Webinator Search Help


Forming a query

The Webinator's search can be as simple or as complex as you need it to be. Usually you will just need to enter a few words that best describe that which you are trying to locate. To perform more complicated searches you might use any combination of logic operators, special pattern matchers, concept expansion, or proximity operations.

Example: nature conservation organization

Query Rules of Thumb:

Overview of query abilities

The Webinator is an example Texis application and as such it shares its text query abilities with all of Thunderstone's products. Throughout our documentation you will see references to Metamorph or Texis, this is because all of our products share a common text query language. This document provides only a brief overview of this language.

If you'd like to know more see this document , and if you really want the gory details, see the online manual.


Using word forms

The Word forms options give you control over how many variations of your query terms will be sought in your search.
EXAMPLES:

 president 
    EXACT : president
    PLURAL: (above) + presidents president's
    ANY   : (above) + presidential presidency preside presides presiding presided

 tight 
    EXACT : tight
    PLURAL: (above) + tights
    ANY   : (above) + tightly tightening tightened tighter tightest

 program 
    EXACT : programs 
    PLURAL: (above) + programs program's
    ANY   : (above) + programming programmatic programmed programmer programmable 
We call this morpheme processing, and it is generally smarter than a traditional "stemming" algorithm. It doesn't just rip the end off a word, it actually checks to see if it could be a valid form of the search term. click here for more info

Notes: Thesaurus terms are also treated in the same manner. Words smaller than 4-5 characters will not be processed.


Controlling proximity

These options give you control over the region in which a match must be found. In all cases the best possible matches for your query are located and ordered by decreasing quality. A bar graph is produced to indicate the quality of each answer.


Note: The look and feel described here is for the standard search interface. The interface may have been customized by the web site administrator.

Interpreting search results

When a query is submitted it will come back with another query form and up to 10 matching documents. If there are more than 10 answers, a link at the top and bottom of the list will allow you to view the next 10 in sequence.

The input form at the top allows you further tailor your query to home-in on the desired answers, or to submit a completely new query without having to navigate back to the original input form.

Each answer in the result set will have a format similar to the following:

1: THE DOCUMENT TITLE (hyperlink to original)
This is the document abstract. It consists of the first few hundred characters of text of the matching document. It is followed by the size of the document in parenthesis...
http://www.thesite.com/thepage.html
84%********__
Size: 11K
Depth: 3
Find Similar
Match Info
Show Parents

The components of each result are:


Viewing match info

The Match Info link will show you the context of your answers within the matching document. Matching words will be shown like this.

Clicking on any match term will take you to the next matching term. A summary at the top of the in-context view shows information about the document including the time it was last indexed by the Webinator.


Finding similar documents

The Find Similar link will find documents that are similar to the corresponding result. It does this by reading the original document to ascertain its main subject matter, and then conducting a relevance ranked search for those subjects.

Result documents are ordered from best to worst match. The bargraph display will indicate the overall quality of the match.

Note:The document you click on may not be ranked as the best match. This is because other documents may contain more information about the overall subject matter than the original.


Showing document parents

Often times it is difficult to navigate using a search engine because there is no back-link present on the matching document. The Show Parents link solves this.

This link will show other documents that contain hyperlinks to the one you click on. In other words, it is an automated back button.