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    How to test "search" engine??

    i need to write test cases for "search" capability?
    but i am having problems on where to start.
    any help greatly appreciated.

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    Re: How to test "search" engine??

    What do you want to search for?
    How many different ways to search?
    What do you expect to happen when you ask to search for something specific?

    Those are starter questions to get you going. If you can answer those, you are on the way. It is strongly advisable that you get training.

    Have you tried here?

    http://www.qaforums.com/ultimatebb.php?ubb=forum;f=26

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    Re: How to test "search" engine??

    well, i would test all the functions thar search engine should do and see if they work ok, find the resulst, show the results, etc.

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    Re: How to test "search" engine??

    Use the specification for the test engine and set up rules for every type of search that it should be able to support. Then let it spider the web to find the information references before you fire off your tests. It is not that complex...
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    Re: How to test "search" engine??

    Also, have a set of expected results to compare with actuals.

    [ 08-29-2005, 04:50 PM: Message edited by: JakeBrake ]

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    Re: How to test "search" engine??

    I think while testing 'Search' feature you should consider -(Might be my process would not be accurate but it worked for me).

    - Pagination Numbers for search results should
    be proper.
    - No repeatation of search results.
    - Same number of records on each pagination.
    - All search result should be able to be viewed.
    - Should not provide search result for Keywords
    like 'a','the','is' etc.

    Apart from this you also need to check what are exact functionality expected from 'Search' Feature by getting requirements.

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    Re: How to test "search" engine??

    Search testing is a bit different from normal Testing
    A very important factor for testing search is performance.Although just saying good performance is very subjective but u will have to consider the performance expectations of the engine before writing the cases.
    Knowing the internal architecture and algos used will help a great deal.and ur cases should depend on that.
    Load testing also will be a very important.

    [ 08-30-2005, 09:15 PM: Message edited by: gaurav parrikar ]
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    Re: How to test "search" engine??

    Part of the issue as well is how does your search engine handle text and special characters? Do you need to worry about international languages, ignore words, buffers, or hacks put into the search fields? The comments on stress and load are also very valid, depending on how your "search" works.

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