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[nycphp-talk] Re: Search Engine

Fee, Patrick J patrick.fee at baesystems.com
Fri Apr 11 15:20:51 EDT 2003


First, there is a free option (depending on the number of total pages) that
I've used before.  That would be Atomz.com's "Atomz Search"
(http://www.atomz.com/search/.

I've utilized their services before for small to medium sites.  You set up
the search pages with your CSS and/or background, tell the spider at Atomz
what to catalog at your site, how often to do it, and then let it work
auto-majicly.  There is an Atomz ad when your results come up... but it's a
great solution if you don't have a lot of time or $$ and a smaller site.

Second, you might look into a Verity Search solution using PHP.  Verity uses
a series of flat files for it's "collection", so mySql would not be
necessary.
(I could give you more info on that if you'd like).

Third, Check out the resources available on SearchEngineWatch.com:
http://www.searchenginewatch.com/resources/article.php/2156591

This is a great resources for what you are trying to do....


Hope that helps,


Patrick J. Fee
Web & Database Group Manager
BAE SYSTEMS
600 Maryland Ave. SW  Suite 600
Washington D.C. 20024
Patrick.Fee at BAESYSTEMS.com
Tel: (202) 548-3759
Fax: (202) 608-5970



-----Original Message-----
From: Stephen Tang [mailto:webapprentice at onemain.com]
Sent: Friday, April 11, 2003 2:55 PM
To: NYPHP Talk
Subject: [nycphp-talk] Re: Search Engine


Hi,
Speaking of the search techniques, I have a small client with a static
shop-like website who wants search abilities for a CD catalog.  There is no
database available, but PHP is operational.

Is there any PHP library or tool that would allow me to search the site
without a database?  Some leads would be appreciated.

Thanks,
Stephen

-------Original Message-------
From: Chris Shiflett <shiflett at php.net>
Sent: 04/11/03 02:31 PM
To: NYPHP Talk <talk at nyphp.org>
Subject: Re: [nycphp-talk] Advanced Search Techniques

> 
> --- Mark Armendariz <nyphp at enobrev.com> wrote:
> They want to eventually have something they called "fingerprint"
> searching.  The term alone meant nothing to me (beyond the obvious -
> which google agreed with).
>  
> Basically it has something to do with using synonyms and misspellings
> and all types of other fun algorithms to find what a user is looking
> for.  Does anyone hear have any experience with such things, or maybe
> know where to look?

I'm not sure about synonyms, but support for misspelled words can
typically be
achieved with the Levenshtein algorithm, and PHP supports that:

<a target=_blank
href="http://www.php.net/manual/en/function.levenshtein.php">http://www.php.
net/manual/en/function.levenshtein.php</a>

Hope that helps.

Chris


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