UMN Search: Request Result Biasing
About Result Biasing
A useful feature of the Google Search Appliance is result biasing—the ability to influence the order in which sites are displayed within your collection(s). This is done by creating a biasing policy for your search results.
The recommended U search results interface combines your unit’s collection with your campus collection and then uses result biasing to push your unit’s search results up above campus results on your site. This gives your site visitors the chance to find the content they think is on your site first. It also gives your visitors the opportunity to find what they’re looking for on another campus site if your site doesn’t have what they want.
Result biasing can also be set to serve content based on date. To learn more about how date biasing works, see Google’s search best practices documentation for Using Date Biasing.
Request Result Biasing
To create a result biasing policy, contact email@example.com with the following information:
- Name of your campus
- Name of your collection
- URLs or other collections to be included in the biasing
Unless you specify otherwise, biasing will be configured using the recommended strong increase biasing for your unit collection and weak decrease biasing for the campus collection. These settings should give you a good balance of unit/campus results. To learn more about how these settings can be configured, see Google’s search best practices documentation for Using Source Biasing.
If you find that you’re not getting the results you’d expect with the recommended settings, contact firstname.lastname@example.org to make adjustments.
- Name of the collection(s) you’d like date biasing applied to
- How much influence the date biasing should have
- Length of time after which the GSA will consider documents “old”
- Less than a day
- A day
- A week
- A few weeks
- A month
- A few months
- A year
Implement Your Biasing Policy
Once your biasing policy has been created, you can add it to your search results by following these steps in the GSA Admin Console:
- Log in to the Search Appliance at https://google.umn.edu:8443
- Expand the Search category
- Expand the Search Features category
- Click Front Ends
- Find the Front End you wish to add the policy to and click Edit
- Click the Filters tab
- Scroll to the bottom and find the Result Biasing Policy dropdown
- Click the dropdown and select the policy with the same name as your collection
- Click Save
If you ever wish to change your biasing policy, contact email@example.com with the name of your collection and the adjustments you would like made.
Note that you are only able to have custom result biasing for your own collection(s). The order in which results appear on other collections or on the default search cannot be adjusted.