If I limit the results by nominatim will they be ordered by importance? So if I set ?limit=1 will I get the match with the highest importance?

If not, how can I enforce this?

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Yes, the results are always sorted by importance according to the code. Consequently limiting the search to one result will return the address with the highest importance.

  • Wow, that source code is overwhelming. Frightening even. But thank you for the answer!
    – k-nut
    Commented Nov 20, 2014 at 15:08
  • Feel free to submit patches for improving it :)
    – scai
    Commented Nov 20, 2014 at 15:10

Not true for 40 broad st, NY, NY, 10004. doing a limit to 1 result returns lowest importance result which happens to be completely inaccurate. Getting list of results returns accurate important address on top.

  • why is this post being voted for deletion? when it is true, you can search for this address in nominatim with limit = 1 and you are presented with wrong result, only if limit = 3 or greater returns result with importance .6 and it is correct result.
    – user200623
    Commented Feb 25, 2022 at 0:17

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