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From Peter Lavin <>
Subject Re: MLT Using a Query created in a different index
Date Fri, 05 Apr 2013 07:49:10 GMT

Thanks for that Jack,

so it's fair to say that if both the sources and target corpus are large 
and diverse, then the impact of using a different index to create the 
query would be negligible.


On 04/04/2013 06:49 PM, Jack Krupansky wrote:
> The heart of MLT is examining the top result of a query (or maybe more
> than one) and identifying the "top" terms from the top document(s) and
> then simply using those top terms for a subsequent query. The term
> ranking would of course depend on term frequency, and other relevancy
> considerations - for the corpus of the original query. A rich query
> corpus will give great results, a weak corpus will give weak results -
> no matter how rich or weak the final target corpus is. OTOH, if the
> target corpus really is representative on the source corpus, then
> results should be either good or terrible - the selected/query document
> may not have any representation in the target corpus.
> -- Jack Krupansky
> -----Original Message----- From: Peter Lavin
> Sent: Thursday, April 04, 2013 1:06 PM
> To:
> Subject: MLT Using a Query created in a different index
> Dear Users,
> I am doing some research where Lucene is integrated into agent
> technology. Part of this work involves using an MLT query in an index
> which was not created from a document in that index (i.e. the query is
> created, serialised and sent to the remote agent).
> Can anyone point me towards any information on what the potential impact
> of doing this would be?
> I'm assuming if both indexes have similar sets of documents, the impact
> would be negligible, but what, for example would be the impact of
> creating an MLT query from an index with only one or two documents for
> use in an index with several (say 100+) documents,
> with thanks,
> Peter

with best regards,
Peter Lavin,
PhD Candidate,
CAG - Computer Architecture & Grid Research Group,
Lloyd Institute, 005,
Trinity College Dublin, Ireland.
+353 1 8961536

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