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From Chris Hostetter <>
Subject Re: Sorting dependent on user preferences with FunctionQuery
Date Tue, 01 Oct 2013 18:03:12 GMT
: select?q=*%3A*&sort=query(qf=category v='Book')desc
: but Solr returns "Can't determine a Sort Order (asc or desc) in sort".

the root cause of that error is that you don't have any whitespace between 
your query function and "desc"

as for your broader goal: doing a straight sort on the users pref is 
probably not the best idea -- it's better to incorporate user prefrnces 
into boosting functions so you still retain the benefits of the relevancy 
score based on what the user searched for --- even if you know someone 
generally buys a lot of books, if they search for "the beatles white 
album" you probably don't want all the books that mention the white album, 
even just tangentially, to appear before the album itself.

I did a talk last year on "boosting & biasing" that introduces a lot of 
hte concepts to think about and the basics of how to appoach problems like 
this in solr...


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