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Ask Jeeves "score" in logs....
What is this and is it useful?

 10:43 pm on Jun 10, 2003 (gmt 0)

Our logs show a "score" value (appears to be between 8.4 and 9.0 depending on the search term) for hits received from AJ search queries.

Example (specifics removed):-


Can anyone explain to me what it is and if I should be paying any attention to it?



[edited by: WebGuerrilla at 11:00 pm (utc) on June 10, 2003]
[edit reason] fixed scrolling problem [/edit]



 10:45 pm on Jun 10, 2003 (gmt 0)

what logging software are you using?

I've never seen that score before! interesting.

jeremy goodrich

 10:54 pm on Jun 10, 2003 (gmt 0)

I just probbed some log files, seems I got a few referrals with the score in it as well.

.8, .9, and 1.0 - my guess is that it's a base _10_ score of some kind...but I only have a few (as I target the USA), and all of them are ask UK.

Does anybody who watches Ask UK know what this is? Or gets more UK traffic have some ideas?

Very interesting string, indeed - thanks for pointing it out, I rarely look for oddities in my files like this. :)


 11:02 pm on Jun 10, 2003 (gmt 0)

what logging software are you using?

We have a custom script based on the http referers module in postnuke. That's where I spotted it while looking at the raw search string rather than bother to look at webalizer.

I'm guessing it is indeed base 10. Incidentally, we are no. 3 in the results of this particular query.

We get an 8.4 for a result in at #4.

Anyone else? I'd be interested in hearing about any hits through and "score" value for search results perhaps out of the top 10.



 11:05 pm on Jun 10, 2003 (gmt 0)

It doesn't have anything to do with your stats program.

It gets generated by Ask if you page shows up in the first "Questions I can answer for you" section of results.

jeremy goodrich

 11:10 pm on Jun 10, 2003 (gmt 0)

Actually, WG, I found my site listed at #1 :) in the 'websites I can show you' section, not the Questions I can answer for you' section.

and the score is 1.0 - the only two sites above it are from Google adwords (this was searching on ask.co.uk not in the UK, but the default global option).


 11:11 pm on Jun 10, 2003 (gmt 0)

It gets generated by Ask if you page shows up in the first "Questions I can answer for you" section of results.

I presume that's good.

Incidentally, the "scroll fix" you had to do on my post - was that something I did? I've seen that done before, and always meant to ask...


<EDIT - just seen Jeremy's post and checked. Mine is the same, not in the "Questions I can ask..." just web results.</EDIT>


 11:13 pm on Jun 10, 2003 (gmt 0)


So is this a referral from that particular part of AJ, or is it a predictive score of a serp for a keyterm within the database (hence a map of inputted terms), for future updates from a crawl?


I have never seen it before. not your fault the url should bend so to say.


 3:27 pm on Jun 12, 2003 (gmt 0)


Do you know the answer to Caines question? I'd be interested to know myself....


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