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From "Paul Elschot (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] Commented: (LUCENE-533) SpanQuery scoring: SpanWeight lacks a recursive traversal of the query tree
Date Wed, 12 Aug 2009 07:26:14 GMT


Paul Elschot commented on LUCENE-533:

I see I missed the introduction of payloads into Spans. As back compat is broken anyway, one
might as well get rid of the Spans interface completely and make Spans an abstract class.
Since it is only the interface that is in the way of changes, any way to get rid of the Spans
as an interface is ok with me.

Payloads can be yet another way to introduce a (term/spans) weight, so one might subclass
these from WeightedSpans:
Spans -> WeightedSpans -> PayloadSpans.
That would also allow to use WeightedSpans inside an object hierarchy for scoring nested span
queries, and to use PayloadSpans as a leafs.

Scoring nested span queries is not trivial, and allowing a weight on each spans does not make
it simpler, but at least it would allow span queries to behave more like boolean queries.

> SpanQuery scoring: SpanWeight lacks a recursive traversal of the query tree
> ---------------------------------------------------------------------------
>                 Key: LUCENE-533
>                 URL:
>             Project: Lucene - Java
>          Issue Type: Bug
>          Components: Search
>    Affects Versions: 1.9
>            Reporter: Vincent Le Maout
>            Priority: Minor
> I found the computing of weights to be somewhat different according to the query type
(BooleanQuery versus SpanQuery) :
> :
> public BooleanWeight(Searcher searcher)
>      throws IOException {
>      this.similarity = getSimilarity(searcher);
>      for (int i = 0 ; i < clauses.size(); i++) {
>        BooleanClause c = (BooleanClause)clauses.elementAt(i);
>        weights.add(c.getQuery().createWeight(searcher));
>      }
>    }
> which looks like a recursive descent through the tree, taking into account the weights
of all the nodes, whereas :
> :
> public SpanWeight(SpanQuery query, Searcher searcher)
>    throws IOException {
>    this.similarity = query.getSimilarity(searcher);
>    this.query = query;
>    this.terms = query.getTerms();
>    idf = this.query.getSimilarity(searcher).idf(terms, searcher);
>  }
> lacks any traversal and according to what I have understood so far from the rest
> of the code, only takes into account the boost of the tree root in SumOfSquareWeights(),
> which is consistent with the resulting scores not considering the boost of the tree
> leaves.
> vintz

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