Hi Jan,

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I'm glad you reach out to this list because I'm very interested to learn more about this session.
The closest report we have concerning usage of search special syntax is an analysis done to classify zero result rate by query feature[1].
Unfortunately this analysis is not focused on search special syntax and address only few of the keywords supported by CirrusSearch.
I created a ticket to learn more about this. Once resolved we will just have to wait to gather some data and we will be able to provide this information.

PS. If you more info about what happened during this session it'd be much appreciated.



[1] https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/2/28/From_Zero_to_Hero_-_Anticipating_Zero_Results_From_Query_Features%2C_Ignoring_Content.pdf
[2] https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/T147045

Le 30/09/2016 à 09:25, Jan Dittrich a écrit :
Hello Analytics,

Wikipedia’s search function exposes several modifiers (https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Help:CirrusSearch)
On the recent German Wikicon there was a workshop on search and several community members seemed to be enthusiastic about these functions.

I wonder if there is existing information about the current use of such queries. I did some research, but I could not find out much.
Such information could help to improve the search function, since sometimes a few modifiers are heavily used (despite them being hard to access) and could e.g. be exposed via the user interface.


Jan Dittrich
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