How Ingredient Search Results are Returned

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How Ingredient Search Results are Returned

Genesis R&D Foods software comes with an extensive nutrition database populated with more than 100,000 foods, ingredients and processing items. Additionally, users can add an unlimited number of Ingredients and Recipes to the database as well.

Given the sheer size of the database, you might want to learn how to narrow your list of results when creating a Recipe. We recommend these posts: Searching Tips blog and our Tips and Tricks for More Effective Searches webinar.

But first, it’s helpful to understand how the search results are returned. The order is as follows:

  1. Frequently Used
  2. User-Added
  3. Everything Else

Frequently Used and User-Added

When you search for and select the same database item at least twice, Genesis R&D considers the item to be “frequently used.” Frequently used items will appear near or at the top of subsequent search result lists.

In the example shown below, (1) apple, boiled, sliced, peeled, from fresh, (2) apple, fresh, chopped, (3) apple, fresh, small, 2 3/4″, (4) applesauce, canned, sweetened are followed by (5) apple recipe test (a user-added recipe-indicated in purple) and (6) apple test (a user-added ingredient-indicated in dark green).

Note: If you frequently use a user-added Recipe or Ingredient, it will appear at the top as a frequently-used item.

Everything Else

“Everything else” is a little more complicated. When we name the database items, we set them up for weighted keyword searches, based on importance. For example, in “crabapple, fresh, sliced (USDA/USDA SR-28)” there are multiple keywords, and “crabapple” has a higher weight than “fresh.” (In general, though not always, the closer to the beginning of the name string the keyword appears, the greater its weight.) Product and Supplier names are also included as weighted keywords.

This means that your search results will appear sorted by the total weighted scores of the results. In the event that results share the same weighted score, they also will be sorted alphabetically.

Again, the order for “everything else” is governed by

  • the total weighted score of the keywords in the search result
  • the alphabetical order of the first word in the name of the food item.

Here you can see what that looks like:

Putting It All Together

To review, if you search for an ingredient “apple” with no other filters, your list of results will show:

  1. Frequently used database food items
  2. User-added Ingredients and Recipes
  3. Food items where “apple” appears in the search results, sorted by weighted keyword score and, if necessary, alphabetically

It’s important to remember that “apple” as a search term will return any results containing “apple” including whole words (“apple”), parts of words (“pineapple” or “applesauce”), or Products and Suppliers (“Snapple”).

Here’s an example of the top results when searching for “apple” without any other filters or search modifiers:


Again, this is using the basic search method. The program offers you many options for refining your search results, which will narrow down the list considerably. The order of returns, however, remains the same.