[PATCH] allow to not sort the search results
olly at survex.com
Thu Apr 15 23:58:14 PDT 2010
On Fri, Apr 16, 2010 at 08:37:04AM +0200, Sebastian Spaeth wrote:
> On 2010-04-15, Olly Betts wrote:
> > Also, sorting by relevance requires more calculations and may require
> > fetching additional data (document length for example).
> > So I think it would make sense for --sort=relevance and --sort=unsorted to
> > be separate options.
> Now I am a bit confused. The API docs state that sort_by_relevance is
> the default. So by skipping any sort_by_value() will that incur the additional
> calculations (with our BoolWeight set?). All I want is the fasted way
> to return a searched set of docs :-).
Yes, sort_by_relevance() is the default. But if you set BoolWeight as the
weighting scheme then the relevance is simply zero, and Xapian doesn't have
to fetch any statistics and calculate a score from them. When documents
have exactly equal relevance weight, then the docid order is used. So
although sort_by_relevance() is technically still on with BoolWeight, by
"sorting by relevance" I wasn't talking about this case.
So --sort=unsorted and --sort=relevance would only differ in code by the former
setting BoolWeight and the latter not.
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