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From "John Kleven" <>
Subject Re: short documents = help me tweak Similarity??
Date Thu, 05 Apr 2007 17:45:34 GMT
Sorry to re-post -- is this the correct forum for questions like this?  I
think that writing a new encode/decode operation should help alleviate my
problem, but thought that this must be fairly widespread issue for people
using lucene for "non-web-page" searches (i.e., shorter documents)

Thanks again,

On 4/2/07, John Kleven <> wrote:
> My documents are cars...
> i.e.,
> Nissan Altima Sports Package
> Nissan Altima Standard
> The problem I have is when i search "Nissan Altima", I want to get the 2nd
> hit back first, i.e. "Nissan Altima Standard", because it is shorter.
> However, this doesn't happen.  They are both scored the exact same.
> I know that the lengthNorm in Similarity is using 1/sqrt(numTerms), and
> you would think that would be enuff to make sure the order is correct.
> However, it is not, and I assume this is because of the encode/decode
> functions that pack this value into a single byte do not have the
> granularity to represent differences between numbers like 1/sqrt(3) vs
> 1/sqrt(4)??
> Is the suggested approach here to re-write the encode/decode operations,
> or is there any easier way?
> Thanks kindly -
> John

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