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From "Michael McCandless (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] [Created] (LUCENE-7282) search APIs should take advantage of index sort by default
Date Fri, 13 May 2016 10:30:12 GMT
Michael McCandless created LUCENE-7282:

             Summary: search APIs should take advantage of index sort by default
                 Key: LUCENE-7282
             Project: Lucene - Core
          Issue Type: Improvement
            Reporter: Michael McCandless

Spinoff from LUCENE-6766, where we made it very easy to have Lucene sort documents in the
index (at merge time).

An index-time sort is powerful because if you then search that index by the same sort (or
by a "prefix" of it), you can early-terminate per segment once you've collected enough hits.
 But doing this by default would mean accepting an approximate hit count, and could not be
used in cases that need to see every hit, e.g. if you are also faceting.

Separately, `TermQuery` on the leading sort field can be very fast since we can advance to
the first docID, and only match to the last docID for the requested value.  This would not
be approximate, and should be lower risk / easier.

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