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'At' is a stopword


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GoogleGuy Says

PostPosted: June 16, 2003 12:34 PM 

Importance: Medium

GoogleGuy explains that the word 'at' (and other common words) are dropped when searching.
GoogleGuy Says: [Link to quote]
wbienek, we're dropping the "at" because it's a stopword. The first result is a settlement between the government and Sun City Summerlin, which is a pretty relevant result. If you do a phrase search like
"Sun City at Summerlin"
using quotes to ensure that we include the "at" in scoring, then the retirement community comes up first.

Checking out the backlinks, it looks like many more people are interesting in/linking to the DOJ settlement than the home page for the community; in effect, for the query about sun city summerlin, the web seems more interested in the company's settlement than the company's info page. Just wanted to explain that a little..

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