Ranking Basics

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Pro and Enterprise editions only

Establishing the ranking of a Coveo item is done in four phases:

  • Phase 1: Determines the Coveo items to which the user has access. The user email address is used by the Coveo security providers - specifically the Email Security Provider as a single sign-on (SSO) - to match security entries within the security cache.

  • Phase 2 and 3: Match expressions to content and field values.

  • Phase 4: Evaluates frequency, proximity, and term value.

In the end, a total of a thousand (1,000) Coveo Items are confirmed and form the result list.

Ranking strategies that may be applied to alter the ranking score of a result are:

Ranking strategy

Phase applicability

Recommended usage

Recommended approach

Ranking expression

Query

Best practice

For a Cloud index using the Coveo Administration Console (see Manage Ranking Expressions) or using $qre query expression.

Ranking override

Index

Not preferred

For a Cloud index using the Coveo Administration Console (see Manage Ranking Weights) or using $weight query expression.

You can see the ranking score of a search result by pressing the Alt key (Option key for Mac) and double-clicking on any given result list, which opens the debug panel (see Use the JavaScript Search Debug Panel).

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