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From "Deepak Udapudi" <>
Subject problem with Solr Sorting by score and distance together
Date Thu, 04 Jan 2018 01:16:59 GMT
Hi all,

Problem :-

Assume that,  I am searching for car care centers. Solr collection has the data for all the
major car care centers. As an example I search for Firestone car care centers in a 5 miles
radius. In the search results I am supposed to receive the firestone car care centers list
within 5 miles from the specified location and the centers should be sorted in distance order.

In the solr query handler I have specified the following.

i)                    I have specified the query condition (q) to be based on distance parameter
(basically search for records within a certain distance in miles).

ii)                   I have specified the filter query  conditions (fq) where fields accepting
general text are matching free text input (for ex :- Firestone Carcare)

iii)                 I have specified the sort condition(sort ) to be based on score(calculated
based on the filter query (fq) conditions applied in the 2nd item in the list) and distance.
If there are duplicate records matching by score, then distance should be used to order the
duplicate records.

I am not getting the desired results. Records are still sorted by score which was calculated
using the distance field but not using the filter query conditions that were specified. Basically,
the firestone car care centers that I am looking for are not appearing in the top of the results
and also they are not in the order of distance if the records are matching.

Queries :-

i)                    Why is my sort clause specified by me (based on fq conditions score
and distance) not being applied correctly?

ii)                   Is my approach to fix the problem correct?

iii)                 Please let me know the corrective action.

Thanks in advance.


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