Welcome to WebmasterWorld Guest from

Message Too Old, No Replies

Applying Weights to Search Terms



3:39 am on Jun 17, 2009 (gmt 0)

10+ Year Member

I want to be able to do searches with keywords that have weights, and then find the highest ranked result.

This differs from a typical search which requires that the exact terms appear (or stems of those words).

For instance, I'd like to be able to tell Google that I'm looking for pages with
-keyword A: weight 10
-keyword B: weight 1
-keyword C: weight -5

So Google would give keyword A ten times the weight of keyword B. Keyword C would be a negative factor (ex. 1 occurence of keyword C would cancel out 5 occurences of keyword B).

Is this possible with Google? Or another search engine?

Note: I actually have 100 keywords that I want to assign weights. I've developed a statistical model (using logistic regression) for predicting whether a webpage refers to an event. And instead of spidering several thousand websites, I'm hoping to use the existing google index.


4:16 am on Jun 17, 2009 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Senior Member tedster is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member

Interesting idea - but I don't know of any search engine that offers that kind functionality.


4:25 am on Jun 17, 2009 (gmt 0)

10+ Year Member

It looks like Google customized search has some of it.

Though when I tried out google customized search it seemed not as effective as regular google search, and it is limited to 5000 websites.


Featured Threads

Hot Threads This Week

Hot Threads This Month