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From Paul Taylor <>
Subject Does a larger tf always boost a documents score in Lucene?
Date Wed, 07 Mar 2012 21:47:14 GMT
I understand that the default term frequency (tf) is simply calculated 
as the sqrt of number of times a particular term being searched appears 
in a field. So documents containing multiple occurences of a term you 
are searching on will have a higher tf and hence weight.

What I'm unsure about is whether this helps *increase* the documents 
score because the weight is higher or *reduces* the documents score 
because its move the document vector away from the query vector as the 
book Hibernate Search in Action seems to be saying (pg 363). ( I must 
confess I'm really struggling to see exactly how the document vector 
model fits in with lucene scoring equation)


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