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From Jon Brock <>
Subject facet or filter based on user's history
Date Wed, 19 Jan 2011 15:19:05 GMT

I'm looking for ideas on how to make an efficient facet query on a
user's history with respect to the catalog of documents (something
like "Read document already: yes / no"). The catalog is around 100k
titles and there are several thousand users. Of course, each user has
a different history, many having read fewer than 500 titles, but some
heavy users having read perhaps 50k titles.

Performance is not terribly important right now so all I did was bump
up the boolean query limit and put together a big string of document
id's that the user has read. The first query is slow but once it's in
the query cache it's fine. I would like to find a better way of doing
it though.

What type of solr plugin would be best suited to helping in this
situation? I could make a function plugin that provides something like
hasHadBefore() - true/false, but would that be efficient for faceting
and filtering? Another idea is a QParserPlugin that looks for a field
like hasHadBefore:userid and somehow substitutes in the list of docs.
But I'm not sure how a new parser plugin would interact with the
existing parser. Can solr use a parser plugin to only handle one
field, and leave all the other fields to the default parser?


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