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From Lance Norskog <>
Subject Re: limiting the total number of documents matched
Date Fri, 16 Jul 2010 23:55:03 GMT
Yes, multiple (radix) sorts work and you can use the score value. The
sort parameters come in order, most important to least important.

This sorts first by score, and then documents with the same score are
sorted by field f:


On Wed, Jul 14, 2010 at 2:46 PM, Paul <> wrote:
> I thought of another way to do it, but I still have one thing I don't
> know how to do. I could do the search without sorting for the 50th
> page, then look at the relevancy score on the first item on that page,
> then repeat the search, but add score > that relevancy as a parameter.
> Is it possible to do a search with "score:[5 to *]"? It didn't work in
> my first attempt.
> On Wed, Jul 14, 2010 at 5:34 PM, Paul <> wrote:
>> I was hoping for a way to do this purely by configuration and making
>> the correct GET requests, but if there is a way to do it by creating a
>> custom Request Handler, I suppose I could plunge into that. Would that
>> yield the best results, and would that be particularly difficult?
>> On Wed, Jul 14, 2010 at 4:37 PM, Nagelberg, Kallin
>> <> wrote:
>>> So you want to take the top 1000 sorted by score, then sort those by another
field. It's a strange case, and I can't think of a clean way to accomplish it. You could do
it in two queries, where the first is by score and you only request your IDs to keep it snappy,
then do a second query against the IDs and sort by your other field. 1000 seems like a lot
for that approach, but who knows until you try it on your data.
>>> -Kallin Nagelberg
>>> -----Original Message-----
>>> From: Paul []
>>> Sent: Wednesday, July 14, 2010 4:16 PM
>>> To: solr-user
>>> Subject: limiting the total number of documents matched
>>> I'd like to limit the total number of documents that are returned for
>>> a search, particularly when the sort order is not based on relevancy.
>>> In other words, if the user searches for a very common term, they
>>> might get tens of thousands of hits, and if they sort by "title", then
>>> very high relevancy documents will be interspersed with very low
>>> relevancy documents. I'd like to set a limit to the 1000 most relevant
>>> documents, then sort those by title.
>>> Is there a way to do this?
>>> I guess I could always retrieve the top 1000 documents and sort them
>>> in the client, but that seems particularly inefficient. I can't find
>>> any other way to do this, though.
>>> Thanks,
>>> Paul

Lance Norskog

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