Better Search Engine Testing - Eric Pugh
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See conference video - http://www.lucidimagination.com/devzone/events/conferences/ApacheLuceneEurocon2011 ...
See conference video - http://www.lucidimagination.com/devzone/events/conferences/ApacheLuceneEurocon2011
"I know it when I see it".
This term was coined by a Supreme Court Justice in reference to obscenity, but he might as well been talking about relevancy and search engine results. Testing search engines is rarely a binary process of "it works, it doesn't work", instead it draws on our human skills to design tests that capture the intangibles that make up a great search engine implementation! The behavior of a search engine changes as the data changes, so a search that returns one set of results today will return a different set tomorrow. Is that a bug? Or just a finely tuned search engine responding to changes in the data it searches? Search Engine testing often focuses on the very first layer of functionality, "Do I get results?", without digging deeper into "Do I get great relevant results?".
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