Often people using our search type "how to " eg "how to paint
my kitchen". This might result in results for "tips to paint my kitchen"
or "how to paint my bathroom". the phrase "how to" is a generic phrase and
I would like to minimize its significance. I don't want to remove it
completely because I still would like a post called "how to paint my
kitchen cabinets" to match higher than "should I wallpaper or paint my
I don't want it to be a stopword because it still has value (as in the
The Common Terms query might work - but I don't necessarily want to apply
the rules to all other common phrases (it might be a good idea - but this
is a specific common search term that I know people search for and I would
like to solve it specifically for this case if possible.)
I don't think the negative boost is what I want because I don't want those
documents to get penalized for containing the words "how to" - just that
they should get a much smaller boost.
Any suggestions how to approach this? For the record, I'm using the BM25
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