The search alternatives come from Solr’s spellcheck index, which makes suggestions based on term frequencies in your index.  The basic configuration for this can be found in solr/biblio/conf/solrconfig.xml, with some additional settings in config.ini controlling exactly how the native Solr functionality is used.


It’s amusing that your search term was “Living with Shingles,” because you’ll find that Solr uses analysis of a different sort of shingles (two-word phrases) to come up with its phrase suggestions.


All of the spelling configuration was devised several years ago, and Solr has more flexible capabilities now, so it’s entirely possible that we can do better at this point in time – just a matter of somebody finding time to dig into it a bit deeper!


- Demian


From: Karla Smith []
Sent: Wednesday, June 26, 2013 12:52 PM
To: ''
Subject: [VuFind-General] Curious about alternate search terms



Not really a problem, just curious...Where do the "Search Alternatives:" terms come from? 


Some of the alternatives are rather humorous...a search for "Living with Shingles" came up with:

“With shingles >> with single, with triangles, with sprinkles”


So, why “sprinkles” and “triangles” but not “shingle” or “spindles”?




Karla Smith, ILS Manager

Winnefox Library System

Oshkosh, WI 54904

~If Truth is Beauty, how come no one has their hair done in the library? – Lily Tomlin