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From "Yonik Seeley" <>
Subject Re: What are norms?
Date Mon, 10 Jul 2006 17:00:40 GMT
Norms are per indexed-field.  For every document it's the product of
the lengthNorm and the index-time boost.  It's really more of an
implementation detail that you shouldn't need to know about unless you
have a lot of indexed fields and want to omit them for memory reasons.

See DefaultSimilarity javadoc for lengthNorm... it's what makes hits
on shorter fields score higher.

-Yonik Solr, the open-source Lucene search server

On 7/10/06, Furash Gary <> wrote:
> I'm guessing they're neither the guy from Cheers nor the sociology term
> ;-)
> The examples have you creating them before you do searches.  What are
> they?  The javadoc doesn't really explain their function (or at least
> not in a way I could figure out).  Thanks.
> G

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