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From Doug Cutting <>
Subject Re: Boosting on *unique* term matches without using MUST
Date Tue, 02 Mar 2010 18:35:57 GMT
This question probably belongs on java-user@, not general@.

That said, coord() might be what you're looking for:,%20int%29


tavi.nathanson wrote:
> Hey everyone,
> Let me start with an example query: [apple orange banana]
> I would like to heavily boost documents containing a greater number of
> unique query terms (apple, orange, banana), without MUST'ing the terms; in
> other words, a document containing just 2 unique terms (apple, banana)
> should have a higher score than a document containing 10 or 20 of the same
> term (10 apple's). I'm using SHOULD right now, and TF is defeating me;
> documents containing a ton of the *same* term are overpowering documents
> with a few unique terms.
> Is there a standard way to accomplish what I'm looking for? I can think of
> several hacks, but I don't really like them:
> - I can do a union of query with MUST and a query with SHOULD, and boost the
> MUST part, but that doesn't help me with a document that contains apple and
> banana (but not orange).
> - Perhaps I could lower the impact of TF (although I'm not sure what the
> best way of doing this would be).
> Thanks so much!

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