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English: Zero results rate (ZRR) – the proportion of searches that yield zero results – is a metric to measure the performance of our search system. In May 2016, we performed an analysis on zero result rate and query features using random forest and logistic regression model. This lead to us identifying question marks as the most important predictor of whether a query will yield zero results and lead to us stripping question marks from queries. With this analysis, we wanted to see which features float up to the top now after eliminating the question mark. Furthermore, we also joined search satisfaction event logging data with our Cirrus search logs to investigate the relationship between query features and other search performance metrics: clickthrough rate and PaulScore.
We used random forest and generalized linear model with elastic net penalty to shed light on the relationship between query features and search performance metrics. For ZRR, we found that whether the query has an even number of double quotes, and whether it is only punctuation and spaces are more important than other features when predicting zero results. For clickthrough rate and PaulScore, we found that query features have very small predicting power.
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