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From Erick Erickson <>
Subject Re: Cores and and ranking (search quality)
Date Tue, 10 Mar 2015 15:46:31 GMT
SOLR-1632 will certainly help. But trying to predict whether your core
A or core B will appear first doesn't really seem like a good use of
time. If you actually have a setup like you describe, add &debug=all
to your query on both cores and you'll see all the gory detail of how
the scores are calculated, providing a definitive answer in _your_


On Mon, Mar 9, 2015 at 5:44 AM,  <> wrote:
> (reposing this to see if anyone can help)
> Help me understand this better (regarding ranking).
> If I have two docs that are 100% identical with the exception of uid (which is stored
but not indexed).  In a single core setup, if I search "xyz" such that those 2 docs end up
ranking as #1 and #2.  When I switch over to two core setup, doc-A goes to core-A (which has
10 records) and doc-B goes to core-B (which has 100,000 records).
> Now, are you saying in 2 core setup if I search on "xyz" (just like in singe core setup)
this time I will not see doc-A and doc-B as #1 and #2 in ranking?  That is, are you saying
doc-A may now be somewhere at the top / bottom far away from doc-B?  If so, which will be
#1: the doc off core-A (that has 10 records) or doc-B off core-B (that has 100,000 records)?
> If I got all this right, are you saying SOLR-1632 will fix this issue such that the end
result will now be as if I had 1 core?
> - MJ
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Toke Eskildsen []
> Sent: Thursday, March 5, 2015 9:06 AM
> To:
> Subject: Re: Cores and and ranking (search quality)
> On Thu, 2015-03-05 at 14:34 +0100, wrote:
>> My question is this: if I put my data in multiple cores and use
>> distributed search will the ranking be different if I had all my data
>> in a single core?
> Yes, it will be different. The practical impact depends on how homogeneous your data
are across the shards and how large your shards are. If you have small and dissimilar shards,
your ranking will suffer a lot.
> Work is being done to remedy this:
>> Also, will facet and more-like-this quality / result be the same?
> It is not formally guaranteed, but for most practical purposes, faceting on multi-shards
will give you the same results as single-shards.
> I don't know about more-like-this. My guess is that it will be affected in the same way
that standard searches are.
>> Also, reading the distributed search wiki
>> ( it looks like Solr
>> does the search and result merging (all I have to do is issue a
>> search), is this correct?
> Yes. From a user-perspective, searches are no different.
> - Toke Eskildsen, State and University Library, Denmark

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