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Smart ranking of results. Results sorting options.

Smart Ranking and Customized Results

After performing a search (using either the simple universal search or advanced search) vLex will show you a list of results. The search results are, by default, sorted by relevance.

The relevance in vLex is calculated by combining several technologies and exclusive algorithms:

  • Textual Ranking. Shows documents where the searched terms have more importance (more occurrences and key fragments).
  • Legal Ranking. Gives priority to results from sources of higher legal status: thus, a result of a higher court will have more priority over a minor court, same applies to a law over a decree, that is, the law will have more priority over the decree.
  • Ranking by citation graph. The system analyzes citations from legal documents, and gives more ranking to those documents that are more frequently cited, especially those that are cited by important and recent documents.
  • Social ranking. Analyzes the behavior of users by identifying signs that a document has been a good result (for example: printing the document, downloading, sending by e-mail, etc.) or that it has been a bad result (“bounce rate”: immediately go back to the search and click on another result). It uses repeated searches to identify which documents are preferred by users and gives those documents a more prominent place. As more users continue to use the system, it learns, giving more relevant results and adapting the results rankings as the legal and social environment evolves.
  • Personal ranking. Analyzes your personal conduct, using the SmartTopics and subscribed documents as indicators.
  • Editorial ranking. For the most frequent searches our documentary team manually selects the key search results for that term.
Intelligent search engine that learns with you

The vLex search engine learns with you. The more you and people in your area use it, the more the search engine improves. The search engine learns what is most relevant to you and the users in your area in order save time and give more accurate results..

Sorting Criteria

In addition to organizing the search results by relevance (default option) you also have the ability to select how you want your search results organized. The available criteria are:

  • Sort by date (most recent or oldest)
  • Sort by popularity. We organize the results based on the success of the search among vLex users (social ranking)

  • Sort by number of citations. This option is only available in Canada
Sorting by citations

Sorting by citations. Currently it is only available for Canada and only when all the results are Jurisprudence..

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Updated on March 6, 2019

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