Dismax query parser have been with Solr for a long time. Most of the time we use parameters like qf, pf or mm forgetting about a very useful parameter which allows us to control how the lower scoring fields are treated – about the tie parameter.
In the majority of system implementations I dealt with, sooner or later, there was a problem – search results tunning. One of the simplest ways to improve the search results quality was phrase boosting. Having the three most popular query parsers in Solr and the variety of parameters to control them I though it will be a good idea to check how they behave and how they affect performance.