Are document boost and sort incompatible?

I am using document boosting (following Jens’ suggestion here: but am also trying to sort the
returned results, so I was using the :sort option. In my testing, using
a wildcard search, it appears that using the :sort option causes Ferret
to ignore document boosts and just return the first N hits it finds by
looking alphabetically. Is that the expected behavior? If I want the N
most relevant documents, do I need to sort them myself after getting
them from Ferret?


Hi Paul,

I think your assumption is correct - Ferret by default sorts by score,
and by specifying an alternative sorting you replace that default
sorting with something else.


On 10.03.2009, at 18:28, Paul L. wrote:

them from Ferret?


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