Zing removes stop words from queries

Remove common words from search queries that do not produce meaningful results.

Stop words are common words that are not indexed because they are not meaningful in search results. Articles, conjunctions, personal pronouns, and prepositions are examples of stop words that are not used in keyword searches. Administrators can configure stop words for all indexed tables and for specific tables.

By default, the system maintains two types of stop words.

Table 1. Types of stop words
Stop word type Description
System-wide text index stop words The system always ignores system-wide text index stop words when generating text indexes. Any search for a system-wide stop word returns no search results.
Table-specific stop words The system uses the table-specific Text Index record to determine whether to index the stop word or to just remove it from keyword search queries against the table.

By default, the system has stops words for common English words. Search administrators typically create stop words from search terms that produce too many search results such as articles, conjunctions, personal pronouns, and prepositions.