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From "Michael McCandless (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] Commented: (LUCENE-1420) Similarity.lengthNorm and positionIncrement=0
Date Mon, 13 Oct 2008 17:06:44 GMT


Michael McCandless commented on LUCENE-1420:

Looks good, thanks Andrzej.  I plan to commit in a day or two.

> Similarity.lengthNorm and positionIncrement=0
> ---------------------------------------------
>                 Key: LUCENE-1420
>                 URL:
>             Project: Lucene - Java
>          Issue Type: Improvement
>          Components: Index
>    Affects Versions: 2.3.3, 2.9
>            Reporter: Andrzej Bialecki 
>            Assignee: Michael McCandless
>             Fix For: 2.3.3, 2.9
>         Attachments: similarity.patch
> Calculation of lengthNorm factor should in some cases take into account the number of
tokens with positionIncrement=0. This should be made optional, to support two different scenarios:
> * when analyzers insert artificially constructed tokens into TokenStream (e.g. ASCII-fied
versions of accented terms, stemmed terms), and it's unlikely that users submit queries containing
both versions of tokens: in this case lengthNorm calculation should ignore the tokens with
> * when analyzers insert synonyms, and it's likely that users may submit queries that
contain multiple synonymous terms: in this case the lengthNorm should be calculated as it
is now, i.e. it should take into account all terms no matter what is their positionIncrement.
> The default should be backward-compatible, i.e. it should count all tokens.
> (See also the discussion here: )

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