Peter Morville > Collections > Search Patterns > Design Patterns

In search, you're only as good as your first results. Ensuring that the best results come first often requires a multi-algorithmic approach that embraces both semantic and social data.

This collection focuses primarily on the sub-pattern of Best Bets.

What

Manually mapping the most common queries to one or more starting points.

Why

On most sites, a few very common queries account for a major percent of searches, so a relatively small amount of human effort can make a big impact.

When

Best Bets is a best practice for large web sites. It can be successfully integrated with other approaches such as autocomplete and faceted navigation.

How

One person (or a small team) reviews the search logs on a regular basis and maintains a simple database that maps queries to recommended results.

See Also

The Accidental Thesaurus by Rich Wiggins and this presentation (PPT) by Tito Sierra are good starting points.

Best Bets (Delicious)

Hewlett-Packard
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Hewlett-Packard

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BBC

BBC

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Apple

Apple

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NIH

NIH

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UC Berkeley

UC Berkeley

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Tufts University

Tufts University

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