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[nycphp-talk] Re: Search Engine

Webapprentice webapprentice at onemain.com
Fri Apr 11 18:27:06 EDT 2003


Thanks to all for the suggestions.

Patrick Fee,
What is this Verity Search you speak of?

The client has a CD catalog.  The client will soon have over 300 CDs for 
sale, and would like customers to be able to search the site to find 
this catalog information.
The business doesn't not have a lot of money (even $200 is a stretch 
right now), so I need something low-cost.  I'm helping this client as a 
personal favor, so I'm using what PHP knowledge I've acquired to help 
strengthen my understanding.

Thanks,
Stephen


Fee, Patrick J wrote:

>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
>
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>>--- 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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