Conceptional Design

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RankAnalyst Lab (RAL) loads all data to be analyzed into the RAM and then provides various filter options to detect configuration and movement patterns.

Information Architecture

Although the system is search phrase-centred (each search phrase is represented by a corresponding line), higher-level structures ( basic URLs: Sources, URLs) and subordinate structures (individual terms: Semantic Cloud) are also mapped, statistically evaluable and filterable. These levels of information are arranged below the streamline diagram in descending order from left to right.

Filter Banks in the DLUs (Data Layer Units)

In principle, all filters not only have an immediate effect on the layer in which they were applied, but also have a system-wide effect. If, for example, a specific term is searched for in the main search, only those domains/folders appear under "Sources" that have a ranking that contains the searched term. Under "URLs" only those URLs appear that generate a rank that contain the searched term. Under "Searchphrases" all ranks are displayed that contain the searched term. And under "Semantic Cloud" all search phrases found under "Searchphrases" for the search are broken down into their components. If further filters were to be used, e.g. an axis filter in the streamline diagram, then this filtering would also be used simultaneously and affect the results in the other areas.

Live vs. Dossier

The streamline diagram and the analysis and filtering options just discussed work in real time: the filter effects are immediately recognizable and interpretable. However, there are also analysis options that cannot be processed in real time. These include the so-called dossier requests.

A dossier is a collection of information that is automatically assembled from the live area of the system. A dossier generator is available for each information level, which starts the compilation at the push of a button. As soon as the dossier has been created, it is displayed below the live area.


Once a dossier has been generated, it remains on the interface page until it is reloaded or a new dossier is requested. When saved for later presentation, dossiers are also saved. When a saved analysis is retrieved, the dossier information is no longer rendered, but only the finished, saved result is retrieved, so that there are no delays in the presentation.