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From Girish Redekar <>
Subject Index time boosts, payloads, and long query strings
Date Sat, 21 Nov 2009 07:13:16 GMT
Hi ,

I'm relatively new to Solr/Lucene, and am using Solr (and not lucene
directly) primarily because I can use it without writing java code (rest of
my project is python coded).

My application has the following requirements:
(a) ability to search over multiple fields, each with different weight
(b) If possible, I'd like to have the ability to add extra/diminished
weights to particular tokens within a field
(c) My query strings have large lengths (50-100 words)
(d) My index is 500K+  documents

1) The way to (a) is field boosting (right?). My question is: Is all field
boosting done at query time? Even if I give index time boosts to fields? Is
there a performance advantage in boosting fields at index time vs at using
something like fieldname:querystring^boost.
2) From what I've read, it seems that I can do (b) using payloads. However,
as this link (
suggests, I will have to write a payload aware Query Parser. Wanted to
confirm if this is indeed the case - or is there a out-of-box way to
implement payloads (am using Solr1.4)
3) For my project, the user fills multiple text boxes (for each query). I
combine these into a single query (with different treatment for contents of
each text box). Consequently, my query looks something like (fieldname1:
queryterm1 queryterm2^2.0 queryterm3^3.0 +queryterm4)^1.0  Are there any
guidelines for improving performance of such a system (sorry, this bit is

Any help with this will be great !

Girish Redekar

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