Waze default search engine: Strange results

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Re: Waze default search engine: Strange results

Postby CBenson » Thu Dec 26, 2013 4:56 pm

Don't know of a fix. Waze treats the search differently depending on whether it parses the search as an address or a POI. I'm thinking the number at the beginning is causing waze to erroneously request/look for address results.
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Re: Waze default search engine: Strange results

Postby CBenson » Thu Dec 26, 2013 9:13 pm

If I search for "24 Hour Fitness," the waze tab is the default tab and there are 5 relevant results (if you ignore distance). One is in New Jersey, one in Nebraska, two in Texas and this one in Hawaii. What they all have in common is that they are landmarks with a name starting with "24 Hour Fitness" on the waze map.
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Waze default search engine: Strange results

Postby Machete808 » Thu Dec 26, 2013 4:29 pm

Hi, all. I did try to search through old threads as well as Bugzilla, but none seemed to quite fit the bill.

A Wazer reported searching for a branch of a gym (24-Hour Fitness) in her area (She posted the UR from the gym location itself, so the results don't seem to be based on GPS). Waze search seems to be the default, and it turns up a handful from all over the country, as well as a couple of local ones, but NOT the one that's in the Wazer's immediate area. I replicated the results, and that would have been the nearest location for me as well.

I advised using one of the other search engines, all of which list the nearest branches, while I checked to see if there was any fix that could be made.

Is there a fix? Or is the logic of Waze search just twitchy?
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Re: Waze default search engine: Strange results

Postby Machete808 » Thu Dec 26, 2013 9:00 pm

Thank you. I'm glad I'm not losing my mind. CBenson, you're probably right about the numeral being a factor, but I don't understand why it should select the ones it does. Seems to me this is a problem to be reckoned with.
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Re: Waze default search engine: Strange results

Postby Machete808 » Fri Dec 27, 2013 3:56 am

Well that certainly suggests landmarking businesses can mess up search. Off to do more deletions.


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Re: Waze default search engine: Strange results

Postby slandrum » Thu Dec 26, 2013 8:18 pm

Waze POI searches under the Waze icon often return very sparse results that include locations for popular chains that are hundreds of miles away, but don't include the ones closest to where you are doing the search from.

I always check multiple search providers if the initial search isn't showing me one that's close, or even worse if Yelp ends up being the default search engine that returns the results for that search as the Yelp results in my area have had horrible GPS locations, often miles from the actual business.
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