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From "Jack Krupansky" <>
Subject Re: Question about ordering rule of SpanNearQuery
Date Wed, 21 Nov 2012 16:44:58 GMT
Add &debugQuery=true to your query and look at the "explain" section to see 
how the scoring is calculated for each document. Sometimes it is 
counter-intuitive and some factors may differ but those differences can be 
overwhelmed by other, unrelated factors.

-- Jack Krupansky

-----Original Message----- 
From: 杨光
Sent: Wednesday, November 21, 2012 10:26 AM
Subject: Question about ordering rule of SpanNearQuery

Hi all,
    Recently, we are developing a platform with lucene. The ordering rule we 
specified is the document with the shortest distance between query terms 
ranks the first. But there may be a little different with SpanNearQuery. It 
returns all the documents with qualified distance. So I am confused with the 
ordering rule about SpanNearQuery. For example, I indicate the slot in 
SpanNearQuery is 10. And the results are all the qualified documents. Is it 
true that any document with shorter distance between query rand before the 
one with longer distance without considering the tf-idf algorithm? Or among 
all the qualified documents, it till uses tf-idf algorithm to rank the docs. 
Or there is some complex algorithm blending the distance and tf-idf 
    Thanks in advance.


Guang Yang,
Dept. of Computer Science
Peking University, 100080
Beijing, China
Tel: +86 18631516893 

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