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From Walter Underwood <>
Subject Re: Progressive Query Relaxation
Date Tue, 10 Apr 2007 18:10:04 GMT
On 4/10/07 10:38 AM, "J. Delgado" <> wrote:

> I think you have something personal against Oracle... Hey I have no
> interest in defending Oracle, but this no hack.

It's true, I don't have much respect for Oracle's text search.
When I was working on enterprise search, we never really worried
about them because their quality and speed just wasn't competitive.
I do not look to them as a reliable source of good ideas for search.

Oracle's problem statement has a plausible strawman, but there are
lots of better ways to deal with misspellings. Heck, my dev instance
of Solr gives Michael Crichton as the first hit for "Michel Crichton".
It is not true that "hits which are a poor match will be mixed in
with hits which are a good match."

Hmmm, "Crichton" is much more likely to be misspelled than "Michael",
so maybe their strawman isn't very good.


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