Any Explanation of Search Result Order Available? Or are there flaws in the routine?
Are there any posted explanations of how the order of search results are determined? Or can anyone from that team explain how this works? Sometimes the order doesn't seem to make sense, but that is only from not knowing how the ranking is determined in the SEARCH routine in the historical records and the FIND and FIND SIMILAR PEOPLE routines in Family Tree.
Here is an example using the FIND routine in Family Tree I ran across today that I would be interested in understanding so I can make better use of the routine: https://www.familysearch.org/tree/find/name?birth=Stord%2C%20Hordaland%2C%20Norway%7C1890-1890%7C0%7C1
There were 62 people born at Stord in 1890. I know because I have entered all of them and tried to find every single duplicate I could to merge them in an effort to find every single cousin of my wife and not miss any of them. These are entered with full birth and christening dates with birth places and christening places properly standardized. So I would expect all of these to come first in the results, but they don't. I have some theories as to what is going on, but don't know how correct these are.
Going through the first twenty results:
1-3: Have "about 1895" and birthplace is standardized to "Stord, Hordaland, Norway." Does this mean that approximate birth dates take priority over exact birth dates?
4-6: Have exact birth date in the range requested and birthplace is standardized to "Stord, Hordaland, Norway." I would have expected these to come first. Again does something about the "about" date take precedence?
7: Has birth date in the range and birth place is standardized to a place one geographical level smaller than Stord. This seems to fall correctly after 4-6.
8: Again has an "about" date, but this is actually closer to the requested range than the first three results. So why didn't it come first? The place is standardized to Stord.
9: Looks to be in a reasonable place.
10: The birth date is out of range, but the christening date is within the requested range. Does this mean that a christening date takes priority over a birth date?
11: Appears as expected
12: Here is another "about" date which is even closer to the requested range than the first two. Does this mean that "about 1890" would be even farther down the list? How does the search routine actually see approximate dates either standardized with an "about" or a "to... from" range? The place here of Hoyland, Reppen, Voss, Hordaland, Norway at first glance looks totally off, but checking the record, it is actually incorrectly standardized as "Høyland, Stord, Hordaland, Norway" so does fit in this list.
13-14: Appears as expected.
15: The birth and christening dates fall in the range expected, but the birth place and christening place are way off. They are standardized correctly. Many more results should come before this one. Why does this one appear here?
16: Appears as expected.
17-18: Two more with about dates, both standardized to "Stord, Hordaland, Norway. Why don't these appear with the other approximate dates with that standard place?
19: Appears as expected.
20: Has an approximate date. The place is not standardized at all. Why would it get dropped in here when there are so many more places that are standardized with "'farm,' Stord, Hordaland, Norway" that I would expect to come before it?