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From "Chuck Williams" <>
Subject RE: Normalized Scoring -- was RE: idf and explain(), was Re: Search and Scoring
Date Thu, 21 Oct 2004 22:11:24 GMT
The idf's are indeed computed locally, but I believe it is a simple bug in MultiSearcher. 
The attached version of the test adds explain()'s to verify the problem is the idf's (and
changes the Field construction to something that works in my 1.4.2 sources). calls the separate searchers for each index.  That makes the IndexSearcher
the current searcher when Similarity.idf() is reached.  Thus IndexSearcher.docFreq() is used
instead of MultiSearcher.docFreq(), yielding the index-local idf's.

The best fix is not obvious to me, but it is just a code-structure issue.


  > -----Original Message-----
  > From: Daniel Naber []
  > Sent: Thursday, October 21, 2004 2:35 PM
  > To: Lucene Developers List
  > Subject: Re: Normalized Scoring -- was RE: idf and explain(), was Re:
  > Search and Scoring
  > On Thursday 21 October 2004 23:03, Doug Cutting wrote:
  > > Idf's are already computed globally across all indexes.  Tf's are
  > local
  > > to the document.  In short, scores from a MultiSearcher are the same
  > as
  > > when searching an IndexReader with the same documents.
  > That doesn't seem to be the case in the attached test -- am I using
  > MultiSearcher in the wrong way or what might be the problem?
  > The output of the attached test is:
  > 1+2 searched with Multisearcher:
  > two blah three score=0.70273256
  > one blah three score=0.35615897
  > one foo three score=0.35615897
  > one foobar three score=0.35615897
  > 1+2 indexed together:
  > one blah three score=0.5911608
  > one foo three score=0.5911608
  > one foobar three score=0.5911608
  > two blah three score=0.5911608
  > --

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