Guides / Managing results / Rules / Rules overview

When you have a large set of Rules, it may be difficult to understand which Rules apply to a given query. Algolia provides tools to help you with this.

The usual getRankingInfo parameter triggers extra information about Rules:

  • Promoted hits are labelled with a "promoted": true field inside the _rankingInfo object. This field is omitted from regular hits.
  • The list of applied Rules is available inside the appliedRules top-level field. This field is omitted when no Rule has been applied (even if enableRules is true).

The params response field also has search parameters after Rule application, and as such reflects the side-effects of the Rules.

When in doubt, you can always run the same query with enableRules=false and compare the results you get with and without Rules.

Improving Rules accuracy

Sometimes, creating Rules can lead to lower search accuracy. The following table lists common causes for a lower-than-expected search accuracy when applying Rules.

Cause of less accurate results Solution
Not adding a “remove word” consequence when turning search phrases into query parameters Add a remove word consequence after any add query parameter consequence
Not creating an optional filter as a facet If you want to use an attribute as an optional filter, declare it as a facet
Not taking advantage of “add search parameter” consequences See some common uses for this consequence
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