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information science A search based on frequencies of the
search terms in the documents being searched. Weighted
search is often used by search engines. It produces a
numerical score for each possible document. A document's
score depends on the frequency of each search term in that
document compared with the overall frequency of that term in
the entire corpus of documents. A common approach is called
tf.idf which stands for term frequency * inverse document
frequency. Term frequency means "the more often a term occurs
in a document, the more important it is in describing that
document frequency means the more documents a term appears in,
the less important the term is.
A simple weighted search is just a list of search terms,
for example: car automobile