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From Erick Erickson <>
Subject Re: sort by field length
Date Tue, 25 May 2010 00:23:07 GMT
Are you sure you want to recompute the length when sorting?
It's the classic time/space tradeoff, but I'd suggest that when
your index is big enough to make taking up some more space
a problem, it's far too big to spend the cycles calculating each
term length for sorting purposes considering you may be
sorting all the terms in your index worst-case.

But you could consider payloads for storing the length, although
that would still be redundant...


On Mon, May 24, 2010 at 8:30 AM, Sascha Szott <> wrote:

> Hi folks,
> is it possible to sort by field length without having to (redundantly) save
> the length information in a seperate index field? At first, I thought to
> accomplish this using a function query, but I couldn't find an appropriate
> one.
> Thanks in advance,
> Sascha

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