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From Александр Аристов <>
Subject Re[2]: lucene scoring
Date Thu, 07 Aug 2008 19:05:41 GMT
I want implement searching with ability to set so-called a confidence level below which I would
treat documents as garbage. I cannot defile the level per query as the level should be relevant
for all documents.

With current scoring implementation the level would mean nothing. I don't believe that since
that time (the thread is of 2005year) nothing has been made towards the resolving the issue.

Do you think any workarounds like implementing more sophisticated queries so that we have
approximately the same normalization values?


-----Original Message-----
From: Grant Ingersoll <>
Date: Thu, 7 Aug 2008 10:20:10 -0400
Subject: Re: lucene scoring

My understanding is this is an area of research in Info. Retrieval in  
general.  There is some attempt at this with the query normalization  
factor in the scoring model, but my understanding is one shouldn't  
rely on it.  You might try searching Google scholar (or MSN Academic  
Live, which I prefer :-)  ).   I think Hoss's response in that thread  
you link, however, is right on.  The scores for Lucene are only meant  
for comparison within the given search result.  I would even go so far  
as to say the scores may not be comparable for the same query done at  
different times, unless absolutely nothing has changed in the index.

My question back is what are you trying to do that you think you need  

On Aug 7, 2008, at 2:10 AM, Александр Аристов wrote:

> Hi people
> What is the best way to implement scoring so that it become possible  
> to compare scores obtained from different queries. Full problem  
> description is here (clear and short)
> I know about possible usage of TopFieldDocCollector or disabling the  
> Hits class but how will we normalize the results?
> thanks
> Александр
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