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From "Smiley, David W." <>
Subject Re: comparing index-time boost and sort in the case of a date field
Date Fri, 20 Nov 2009 22:31:54 GMT
Using index time boosting isn't really a substitute for sorting.  It will be faster (I'm pretty
sure) but isn't the same thing.  The index time boost is going to influence the score but
not totally become the score... which means that in all likelihood there will be documents
in search results that are out of order with respect to the approval_dt.  You might use high
boost values as a compromise (ex: 100,200,300,...) but that wouldn't feel right to me in any

If your sorting result performance isn't fast enough then I'd discuss it here with everyone.
 You'll want to put fields you sort on (like approval_dt) in a warming query so that when
the search needs to sort on this field, the sort information is already cached.  This cache
is invalidated when you modify the index, by the way.

~ David Smiley

On Nov 20, 2009, at 11:34 AM, Anil Cherian wrote:

> Hi,
> I have a requirement to get results in the order of latest date of a field
> called approval_dt. ie results having the latest approval date should appear
> first in the SOLR results xml. A sorting "desc" on approval_dt gave me this.
> Can index-time boost be of use here to improve performance. Could you please
> help me with an answer.
> Thank You.
> Anil.

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