In this document we'll introduce you to more of the basic operations, available options and furthermore, how to tailor SSSiter™ to match your specific requirements.
|1.||Creating New Queries||2.||Executing New queries||3.||Viewing reports of completed queries|
|4.||Deleting Queries||5.||Manipulating Query Folders||6.||Search Phrases|
|7.||Entering Search Sites||8.||Selecting the Search Language||9.||Selecting an appropriate Search Method|
|10.||Translation Services||11.||The Query Status||12.||Time Limit (min.)|
|13.||Number of Web Pages to Visit||14.||Min Relevancy (%)||15.||Number of Quotations to generate|
|16.||Date of creation or modification||17.||Size of Quotations||18.||Timeout on visiting one location (min.)|
|See also:||Help Contents|
1. Creating new queries
We'll start by learning more about the way you create and queries and execute them. Having read the Introduction section, you should already have some basic understanding how to enter and launch search queries. To create a new query, click the New button on the application toolbar, select the main or pop-up menu items Query, then New, or just press the combination of keys <Ctrl+N>. Once you do it, a new query item will appear at the bottom of the currently open query folder, and all fields in the Query Properties pane (on the left) will be filled in with default values. During your first session with SSSiter™ it is recommended that you change only two fields on the Query Properties pane, namely: Search Phrase and Search Sites. Enter your search phrase, one or several search sites you are going to investigate (separate Web site URL's by semicolon); in case of necessity, adjust the rest of the query options (such as, query language, pages to visit, language to translate pages from, etc.).
That's it: your query is now ready to be executed. You may instruct SSSiter either to execute it immediately or to postpone execution of this query; in the meantime, you may keep on creating other queries. When one or several queries are ready for execution, select desired ones and press the Run button on the application toolbar.
2. Executing new queries
To execute a new query, just double-click its icon in the Query Folder pane using the left mouse button. If you want to execute one more query, double-click the second icon, etc. You may instruct SSSiter to start executing queries at any time even if the product is already executing some other ones. To launch a bunch of queries you have prepared for execution (i.e., two or more), first, select them in the query folder pane and then press the Run button on the application toolbar. To run your selection of queries, you may also click the main or the pop-up menu items Query, then Run or, just press the combination of keys <Ctrl+R>.
SSSiter provides you with an option to run queries off-line, without being actually connected to the Web. Use this mode for sites which have already been investigated by SSSiter. To run a selection of your queries in the off-line mode, click the main or the pop-up menu items Query, and then Run off-line.
3. Viewing reports of completed queries
When SSSiter finishes executing a particular query, by default, the product automatically loads a corresponding report into the browser. At the same time SSSiter always places all reports it builds into its Library and Site Maps folders to let you see them at any time you wish. To see the report, which corresponds to a completed query at a later time, do one of the following:
4. Deleting queries
You may delete one or several queries you do not longer need at any time first, by selecting them in the Query Folder pane, then clicking the Delete button on the application toolbar. Alternatively, you may select the application main or pop-up menu items Query, then Delete or, just press the combination of keys <Ctrl+D>. For completed queries, SSSiter also deletes corresponding reports and site maps unless you clear the box Delete reports along with queries in SSSiter Preferences.
5. Manipulating Query Folders
SSSiter makes it possible to group all of your queries into folders; folders are files with the .ssf suffix, i.e. Subject Search Folder. To open an existing query folder, click Folder | Open from the menu bar and select the appropriate name (e.g. Sample.ssf) in the Open dialog. Once the query folder is open, you may start entering new queries.
To create a new query folder, click Folder | New from the menu bar. A query folder named Noname1 will be opened in the main application window. To save it with a name of your choice click Folder | Rename from the menu bar.
Now we'll describe in more detail the fields in the Query Options pane, and provide you with tips to help you perform accurate and reliable searches.
6. The Search Phrase field
As has already been mentioned in Introduction section, SSSiter supplies you with two kinds of reports:
To perform a search, enter your query under the Search Phrase field. To complete specifying query options, also enter a Web site address under the Search Sites field, then click Run on the application toolbar. SSSiter automatically specifies defaults under the other fields using a set of standard preferences. These preferences are user definable; however, the standard defaults have been tuned to optimize searches for beginners. Quotations are extracted only when a Search Phrase has been specified. Be aware that you do not have to fill in this field.
Be aware that when entering queries, SSSiter accepts natural language inquiries in all European languages. Even though SSSiter technology compensates for many spelling/grammar errors, pay careful attention to use correct spelling and grammar under the Search Phrase field. Just type a phrase which is most likely to be included in documents being searched. It is usually not necessary to include English words like "the", "and", or "a" as SSSiter typically ignores them while searching. The more words you specify in your query (e.g. 5 or more), the more reliable your search will be. Use capital letters where necessary.
Once you have investigated a Web site or a collection of Web sites, you may subsequently enter queries addressed to the same Web site(s), but with different phrases in the Search Phrase field. Reports generated from such searches will proceed quickly because SSSiter stores previously scanned documents in the Temporary Internet Files folder. You may further increase search speed by clicking the Work Offline button in the application toolbar. This instructs SSSiter to scan only those documents archived on your hard drive in the Temporary Internet Files folder.
Editing SSSiter Preferences
How does SSSiter work
7. Entering Search Sites
The Search Sites field in the query properties pane provides SSSiter with the Internet address for the Web Site(s) to be investigated. SSSiter starts the query process by scanning that documents associated with the addresses you have entered into the Search Sites field. If a Search Phrase is also specified with a query, SSSiter not only builds Site Maps, but also selects and extracts quotations from the most relevant documents.
This field must be filled in (you can not leave it empty) as SSSiter starts its investigation based on the address you enter.
See also: How does SSSiter work
8. Selecting the Search Language
SSSiter™ is able to support searches in a large number of languages (see the Multi-Language Support section for details). If you need to find information in a language other than English, select the language of your choice for one or several queries. Furthermore, the SSSiter smart language detecting algorithms perform automatic conversion of the documents being processed into the selected coding table, and if specified so, perform translation of page contents into your native language. Go to SSSiter Preferences to make your language the default one for all new queries.
Note: You are able to perform searches even in those languages that are not listed in the above table; simply select "other" for the corresponding field:
9. Selecting an appropriate Search Method
To find paragraphs which match your Search Phrase, SSSiter offers a number of different search methods, namely:
10. Translation Services
Beginning from version 5.0, SSSiter is capable of translating document contents between a number of languages. The product is shipped with on-line translation components, which allow translating from Chinese into English, English into German, etc. The product translates pages on the fly allowing you to search in and investigate Web sites even if you do not speak the language in which the sites are written. Furthermore, the product checks if new translation components become available on the regular basis (i.e., once a month or when you press the button "Update") thus keeping your copy of the product automatically updated with the latest changes.
11. The Query status
The Query Status column indicates the current status of a particular query in the query folder (right) pane. Status of the query may be either New or Completed. Completed queries are not editable, and query options of such queries are grayed out; you may press the Report button to view corresponding reports that have already been built and placed in the Library. SSSiter also displays the date when the query was executed.
11.1. Resetting queries
If you want to re-run a completed query, you may reset the Query Status field to New by first, clicking the query using the right mouse button and then selecting Reset Query from the local menu that is displayed. You may also perform the same operation by clicking the Reset Query button on the application toolbar or pressing the combination of keys <Ctrl+T>. For completed queries, SSSiter also deletes corresponding reports and site maps unless you clear the box Delete reports along with queries in SSSiter Preferences.
12. Time Limit (min.)
The Time Limit field allows you to control how long you would like SSSiter to spend running a particular query. If you do not wish to set up a time limit and would like SSSiter to continue working until all related documents have been received, enter zero into or clear this field.
The time limit for queries can be adjusted to reflect certain conditions (e.g. the speed of your Internet connection). Setting this value too low will not give SSSiter sufficient time to download the requested number of documents and the resulting report may not contain useful information. If your searches are stopped due to a time limit being exceeded, and are therefore not returning useful information, increase the value of this field until you find a duration that is suitable.
Editing SSSiter Preferences
How does SSSiter work
13. Web pages to visit
SSSiter gives you an option of specifying how many locations or different Web pages you would like the program to visit. Enter this value in the Pages to Visit field. This field is automatically filled in with a default value.
Both Time Limit and Pages to Visit are very important fields. These fields affect both the search quality as well as the time required for SSSiter to obtain Site Maps and search a given site. The more locations (Web pages) SSSiter visits while searching, the better results you are likely to obtain. The trade-off for better searches is the more time that is required to complete them. An empty value in this field indicates no restriction on the number of pages to be visited during the search.
See also: Editing SSSiter Preferences
14. Min Relevancy (%)
The Min Relevancy field (Minimum percentage of relevancy) is only relevant to those queries where a Search Phrase is entered, and also, which instruct SSSiter to use the Subject Search method. SSSiter (see also: How SSSiter works, step 3) generates reports with the most relevant quotes/extracts from documents it accesses during the search. Each quotation is ranked for relevancy with some value in the 0%-100% range. This option instructs SSSiter to skip those quotations which do not exceed the value you specify in this field. The higher the value, the fewer quotes. As a general rule, 20%-50% is a good value to place here.
15. Number of Quotations to generate
Fill in this field with the number of quotations to be extracted from documents and pages being retrieved by SSSiter. Quotations which SSSiter includes in its reports are based on the product ability to match information contained in the documents that it scans, to the search phrase you have entered. The value you enter in this field may slightly affect the performance of SSSiter. It must be a value between 20 and 1000. The default value for this field in Preferences is set to 100.
Note, that if you ask SSSiter to create a report containing only a small number of quotations, the quality of the report may be affected. On the other hand if you ask for too many, the report may be too long. Once you have used SSSiter for a number of searches, you will be able to optimize the settings for the type of searches you are performing.
See also: How does SSSiter work
16. Date of creation or modification
If specified, this option instructs SSSiter to process only documents that have been created or modified on or after the date you specify. This setting is relevant to queries in which the Search Phrase field has been specified: outdated documents are still downloaded and included in Site Maps.
Note: Some Web servers do not always report the date a particular document or Web page has been last modified or created. If these documents are still relevant to the subject of your queries, SSSiter does include corresponding quotations in its reports.
17. Size of Quotations
This value tells SSSiter how many characters (approximately) are to be extracted from downloaded documents and placed into the final reports. A value of 500-1,500 characters is a reasonable one as it allows you to read the most relevant paragraphs extracted from different Web pages (URL's) by looking directly at the report. That way you can quickly determine whether a document does or does not contain information that is relevant to the subject of your search.
See also: SSSiter Preferences
18. Timeout on visiting one location (min.)
This value instructs SSSiter how long it should wait to receive one document from a given Web site before proceeding with its search. Typically, Web servers respond quickly and as such, by default, SSSiter is given up to 8 minutes for transferring one document.
See also: SSSiter Preferences