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Improved Search With Lucene 4

Robert Muir is a Lucene/Solr Committer and PMC Member, and a Senior Staff Engineer at Lucid Imagination.

This talk describes how you can practically apply some of Lucene 4's new features (such as flexible indexing, scoring improvements, column-stride fields) to improve your search application.

The talk will give a brief description of these new features and some example use-cases, to address practical use cases you can try yourself in and around the new features now available in Lucene 4. We'll cover application of functions where you can configure Solr to:

  • Set up the schema to use Pulsing or Memory codec for a primary key field
  • Not use a separate spellcheck index, controlling character-level swaps from the query processor
  • Sorting with a different locale
  • Per-field similarity configurations, such as using a non-vector-space algorithm

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  • Erik H.

    I've uploaded Robert's slides from last night.

    June 15, 2012

  • Bill M.

    Robert Muir's quick overview of Lucene4 was very interesting - will the slides be posted? (They came by pretty quickly!)

    June 15, 2012

  • Amit S.


    June 15, 2012

  • Erik H.

    Robert is one of the world's most knowledgeable Lucene experts, and his presentation last night was top notch.

    June 15, 2012

  • Liz S.

    It was excellent

    June 15, 2012

  • Erik H.

    To answer a couple of questions:

    - Doors will officially open at 6pm. We'll have pizza/drinks there then. Robert will start his talk at 6:30pm and run for an hour or so, and depending on time remaining we may have a few lightening talks or simply keep picking Robert's brain.

    - Recording: we've checked with Near Infinity and they aren't able to record it for us. We'll leave it up to Robert if he can run something, or if there are savvy attendees that can record it that'd be great.

    June 13, 2012

  • ChristopherBall

    Tom, Erik, and Robert,

    It would be great if we could get this recorded - easy enough to do if the presenter could run Quicktime X or Camtasia Relay on their laptop as they present.

    Most grateful,


    June 13, 2012

  • Eric P.

    Tom, when will the doors open, I'll be killing some time before the meetup..

    June 12, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I've bumped the RSVP total to 86. The room seats 70, so I'm allowing some no-shows. We should be able to accommodate everyone, but don't be late, or you might be standing!

    June 11, 2012

  • Erik H.

    I'm gonna be front and center to (re)learn Lucene myself. Don't miss this!

    May 28, 2012

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