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From jmlucjav <jmluc...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: [ANN] vifun: tool to help visually tweak Solr boosting
Date Mon, 25 Feb 2013 18:51:53 GMT
Jan, thanks for looking at this!

- Running from source: would you care to send me the error you get (if any)
when running from source? I assume you have griffon1.1.0 installed right?

- Binary dist: the distrib is created by griffon, so I'll check if the
permission issue (I develop on windows, and tested on a clean windows too,
so I don't face the issue you mention) is known or can be fixed somehow.
I'll update the doc anyway.

- wt param: I am already overriding wt param (in order to use javabin).
What I didn't allow is to choose the handler to be used when submitting the
query. I guess any handler that does not have <appends>/<invariants> that
would interfere would work fine, I just thought /select is mostly available
in most installations and that is one thing less to configure. But yes, I
could let the user configure it, I'll open an issue.

xavier

On Mon, Feb 25, 2013 at 3:10 PM, Jan Høydahl <jan.asf@cominvent.com> wrote:

> Cool. I tried running from source (using the bundled griffonw), but I
> think the instructions may be wrong, had to download binary dist.
> The file permissions for bin/vifun in binary dist should have +w so you
> can execute it with ./vifun
>
> What about the ability to override the "wt" param, so that you can point
> it to the "/browse" handler directly?
>
> --
> Jan Høydahl, search solution architect
> Cominvent AS - www.cominvent.com
> Solr Training - www.solrtraining.com
>
> 23. feb. 2013 kl. 15:12 skrev jmlucjav <jmlucjav@gmail.com>:
>
> > Hi,
> >
> > I have built a small tool to help me tweak some params in Solr (typically
> > qf, bf in edismax). As maybe others find it useful, I am open sourcing it
> > on github: https://github.com/jmlucjav/vifun
> >
> > Check github for some more info and screenshots. I include part of the
> > github page below.
> > regards
> >
> > Description
> >
> > Did you ever spend lots of time trying to tweak all numbers in a
> *edismax*
> > handler *qf*, *bf*, etc params so docs get scored to your liking? Imagine
> > you have the params below, is 20 the right boosting for *name* or is it
> too
> > much? Is *population* being boosted too much versus distance? What about
> > new documents?
> >
> >        <!-- fields, boost some -->
> >        <str name="qf">name^20 textsuggest^10 edge^5 ngram^2
> phonetic^1</str>
> >        <str name="mm">33%</str>
> >        <!-- boost closest hits -->
> >        <str name="bf">recip(geodist(),1,500,0)</str>
> >        <!-- boost by population -->
> >        <str name="bf">product(log(sum(population,1)),100)</str>
> >        <!-- boost newest docs -->
> >        <str name="bf">recip(rord(moddate),1,1000,1000)</str>
> >
> > This tool was developed in order to help me tweak the values of boosting
> > functions etc in Solr, typically when using edismax handler. If you are
> fed
> > up of: change a number a bit, restart Solr, run the same query to see how
> > documents are scored now...then this tool is for you.
> > <https://github.com/jmlucjav/vifun#features>Features
> >
> >   - Can tweak numeric values in the following params: *qf, pf, bf, bq,
> >   boost, mm* (others can be easily added) even in *<appends> or
> >   <invariants>*
> >   - View side by side a Baseline query result and how it changes when you
> >   gradually change each value in the params
> >   - Colorized values, color depends on how the document does related to
> >   baseline query
> >   - Tooltips give you Explain info
> >   - Works on remote Solr installations
> >   - Tested with Solr 3.6, 4.0 and 4.1 (other versions would work too, as
> >   long as wt=javabin format is compatible)
> >   - Developed using Groovy/Griffon
> >
> > <https://github.com/jmlucjav/vifun#requirements>Requirements
> >
> >   - */select* handler should be available, and not have any *<appends> or
> >   <invariants>*, as it could interfere with how vifun works.
> >   - Java6 is needed (maybe it runs on Java5 too). A JRE should be enough.
> >
> > <https://github.com/jmlucjav/vifun#getting-started>Getting started
> > <
> https://github.com/jmlucjav/vifun#click-here-to-download-latest-version-and-unzip
> >Click
> > here to download latest
> > version<
> http://code.google.com/p/vifun/downloads/detail?name=vifun-0.4.zip>
> > and
> > unzip
> >
> >   - Run vifun-0.4\bin\vifun.bat or vifun-04\bin\vifun if on linux/OSX
> >   - Edit *Solr URL* to match yours (in Sol4.1 default is
> >   http://localhost:8983/solr/collection1 for example) [image: hander
> >   selection]<
> https://github.com/jmlucjav/vifun/raw/master/img/screenshot-handlers.jpg>
> >   - *Show Handerls*, and select the handler you wish to tweak from *
> >   Handerls* dropdown. The text area below shows the parameters of the
> >   handler.
> >   - Modify the values to run a baseline query:
> >      - *q*: query string you want to use
> >      - *rows*: as in Solr, don't choose a number too small, so you can
> see
> >      more documents, I typically use 500
> >      - *fl*: comma separated list of fields you want to show for each
> doc,
> >      keep it short (other fields needed will be added, like the id,
> score)
> >      - *rest*: in case you need to add more params, for example: sfield,
> >      fq etc) [image: query
> > params]<
> https://github.com/jmlucjav/vifun/raw/master/img/screenshot-qparams.jpg>
> >   - *Run Query*. The two panels on the right will show the same result,
> >   sorted by score.[image:
> > results]<
> https://github.com/jmlucjav/vifun/raw/master/img/screenshot-results.jpg>
> >   - Use the mouse to select the number you want to tweak in Score params
> >   (select all the digits). Note the label of the field is highlighted
> with
> >   current value. [image: target
> > selection]<
> https://github.com/jmlucjav/vifun/raw/master/img/screenshot-selecttarget.jpg
> >
> >   - Move the slider, release and see how a new query is run, and you can
> >   compare how result changes with the current value. In the Current
> table,
> >   you can see current position/score and also delta relative to the
> baseline.
> >   The colour of the row reflects how much the doc gained/lost. [image:
> >   tweaking a value]<
> https://github.com/jmlucjav/vifun/raw/master/img/screenshot-baseline.jpg>
> >   - You can increase the limits of the slider, and if you are satisfied
> >   with a value, set it, so it will be set to current value.
> >   - Tweak another number...
> >   - Tooltips exist in Current (Explain info) and Baseline (pos/score of
> >   that doc in Current, and Explain in Score column)
>
>

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