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From Grant Ingersoll <>
Subject Re: Clarity: Is there a Query boosting 50-50 over 1000-1 ?
Date Thu, 28 Aug 2008 12:56:56 GMT

On Aug 27, 2008, at 7:34 PM, Shi Hui Liu wrote:

> Hi,
> I think I should clarify my question a little bit. I'm using  
> BooleanQuery to combine TermQuery(A) and TermQuery(B). But I'm not  
> satisfied with its scoring algorigthm. Is there other queries can  
> boost up the documents with 50 of A and 50 of B on top of documents  
> with 1000 of A and 1 of B?

Is your query A + B meant to be A OR B or A AND B?  That is, are both  
terms required?  You notation suggests they are, but the description  
suggests you are getting documents that have only A in them, which  
suggests "OR".

Have you looked at the explains?  What about the scoring aren't you  
happy with?  It's not perfect (there is no such thing) but it works  
pretty well in most cases, and works great if you spend a little time  
figuring out the right length normalization factors.

> And I'm looking at the source code and found lots of classes are not  
> public and some important methods are protected. What's the reason?  
> Why make them public and let users to customize the Query easily?

Because there not meant to be overridden, but of course we are open to  
specific suggestions on things that should be made public and often do  
this when someone shows a valid reason.


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