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From "alessandro.benedetti" <>
Subject Re: Filtering results by minimum relevancy score
Date Thu, 13 Apr 2017 09:12:05 GMT
Hi Koji,
strictly talking about TF-IDF ( and BM25 which is an evolution of that
approach) I would say it is a weighting function/numerical statistic that
can be used for ranking functions and is based on probabilistic concepts (
such as IDF) but it is not a probabilistic function[1].
Indeed a BM25 score for a term is not assured to be 0<x<1

Furthermore Lucene and Solr adds a lot on top of the BM25 similarity (
including different kind of boost( document, field and query time boost,
norms, coord ) so they use probabilistic concepts but they are not
probabilistic search engine.


Alessandro Benedetti
Search Consultant, R&D Software Engineer, Director
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