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From "David Smiley (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] [Created] (LUCENE-4208) Spatial distance relevancy should use score of 1/distance
Date Tue, 10 Jul 2012 17:16:34 GMT
David Smiley created LUCENE-4208:

             Summary: Spatial distance relevancy should use score of 1/distance
                 Key: LUCENE-4208
             Project: Lucene - Java
          Issue Type: New Feature
          Components: modules/spatial
            Reporter: David Smiley
             Fix For: 4.0

The SpatialStrategy.makeQuery() at the moment uses the distance as the score (although some
strategies -- TwoDoubles if I recall might not do anything which would be a bug).  The distance
is a poor value to use as the score because the score should be related to relevancy, and
the distance itself is inversely related to that.  A score of 1/distance would be nice.  Another
alternative is earthCircumference/2 - distance, although I like 1/distance better.  Maybe
use a different constant than 1.

Credit: this is Chris Male's idea.

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