Multi-word search in Gospel Library inconsistent with LDS.org

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fredmrichard
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Multi-word search in Gospel Library inconsistent with LDS.org

Postby fredmrichard » Mon Nov 17, 2014 8:31 am

Is this an issue that is being worked because I don't think the current state of things is OK? I am on Android 2.3.7 and using GL 3.2.2.0 Searching for 'nephi mountain' returns 'No matches' on my Android device, while the same search on the Internet version of the scriptures yields three results. Single word searches are fine and the indexing option is turned on.
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Re: Multi-word search in Gospel Library inconsistent with LD

Postby aebrown » Mon Nov 17, 2014 9:39 am

[Moderator note: I split this post out from the Search function does not work in Gospel Library topic, since it deals with a different issue. That topic discusses cases where the search does not work at all, whereas this post acknowledges that single word searches are fine and only discusses multi-word searches.]
fredmrichard wrote:Is this an issue that is being worked because I don't think the current state of things is OK? I am on Android 2.3.7 and using GL 3.2.2.0 Searching for 'nephi mountain' returns 'No matches' on my Android device, while the same search on the Internet version of the scriptures yields three results. Single word searches are fine and the indexing option is turned on.
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I don't know if the search on the mobile app is intended to work exactly like the search on LDS.org, but you're certainly correct that they are not the same. I have no idea if this is being worked on (but I rather doubt it). You're welcome to use the app's Send Feedback option (on the Help menu) to report this and request a change.

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Re: Multi-word search in Gospel Library inconsistent with LD

Postby lmcguire » Mon Nov 17, 2014 8:18 pm

fredmrichard is correct - the Android Gospel Library search is "exact phrase" whereas the LDS.org search appears to be a weighted "any words" search (though it appears to have been updated recently to support phrase searches (by putting the phrase in quotes)). Finally, based on the help videos linked below, the iOS (Apple Gospel Library) searches either as "all words" or "any words" (couldn't tell which from the video, but definitely not "exact phrase".

http://gospellibrarytraining.blogspot.com/2014/02/in-this-screencast-ill-discuss-some-of.html

...start at about 3:30 and look at the search results when they finally come up - it's clearly not exact phrase. (NOTE: This does look like it might be the previous version, so maybe they changed how it works, but if so, they should go back...)

I too vote for the Android Gospel Library to be updated to a weighted "all words" search - remembering exact phrases is almost impossible for most mortals, and it's just a LIKE query in SQL with some % wildcards in it... I would also love to see the search results grouped by author rather than or in addition to by book - e.g. I know Holland gave a conference talk with "peaceable things" in it, but I'm not sure when - I have to dig through boatloads of general conference results to find it because a) the search is currently exact phrase and b) it only searches the text, not the metadata, so including the author's name in the search criteria doesn't help me.

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