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We are wondering what is the logic on how result returned in People Search in SharePoint 2013. For example, Search is running and if I search for my Manager I get his name showing in Page 5 instead of the Page 1. I would think it would be logical to have my Manager's name displayed in the first page instead of flipping through the pages.

Is there a configuration that I need to modify or based on what logic or algorithm does SharePoint determine which name should be displayed first when users search for people.

I thought SharePoint would display the result based on relative distance to the user who is doing the search, so if I search for John (ex. I report to John who is my manager) then I should see my manager name in the first page in the search results instead of later pages.

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That depends on how Ranking is performed.

The search engine calculates the relevance rank, that is to say, the order in which the search results for a query appear. The ranking model is at the core of this calculation. In most cases, you can influence relevance by using the available SharePoint 2013 ranking models in combination with query rules without having to consider customizing any ranking models.

https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn169065(v=office.15).aspx

http://blogs.technet.com/b/tothesharepoint/archive/2013/06/25/changing-the-ranking-of-search-results-in-sharepoint-2013.aspx

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