How to create percentages of fulltext relevance scores?

Instead of the arbitrary numbers that are returned by fulltext scores, how can I take the highest and lowest returned and make them percentages?

I would like to keep the processing within mysql queries, because the size of result-sets bog down post-processing in PHP.
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you really can't create accurate percentages... you can create comparitive percentages but what would they mean?

simple prefix your SELECT query
with a CREATE TEMPORARY TABLE `tablename`

SELECT @maxscore := MAX(score) FROM `tablename` WHERE 1
then: UPDATE `tablename` SET score = score / @maxscore

(assuming score is the arbitrary value that MySQL gives you).

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voltraderAuthor Commented:
I see what you mean; I can only create comparitave %s. The MAX(score) is probably the only number I need.

My fulltext select queries frequently return lots of results. I would have to UPDATE the temporary table for as many results as are returned, which seems like a waste of cycles.

Could I do something like this?

1. First find the MAX score
SELECT @maxscore:=MAX(MATCH ('table') AGAINST ('keyword')) AS max_score FROM table_1 WHERE
MATCH('table') AGAINST ('keyword')

2. Do the % calc within the query
SELECT *, MATCH ('table') AGAINST ('keyword'))/@maxscore AS individual_score FROM table_1 WHERE
MATCH('table') AGAINST ('keyword')

Or is there a more efficient way?

you could i guess.
but the main performance hit you're suffering is from regenerating the query contents.
you're not really saving any processing by foregoing the temp table.
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