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From karl wettin <>
Subject N-gram layer
Date Sun, 01 Feb 2004 21:07:13 GMT

Hello list,

I'm Karl, and I just started testing Lucene the other day. It's a great
core engine, but feel there are some things missing I'd be happy to
contribute with. 

I stated with writing a simple N-gram classifier to detect language of
a text in order to automatically cluster documents by langauge. The 
algorithm is very similair to the "TextCat" C-libray. 

And then I though, maybe it would be possible to use the same N-gram 
classifier to make an automatic stemmer that works on all languages. 
Hopefully I'll have something up and running for tests by next weekend.

The same classifier could be used for a simple metaphone index.

However, I need some help on understanding the Analyzer. Where can I
find some tutorials on how to write my own? I didn't check with Google,
maybe I should before posting here. Since the stemmer (and metaphone)
data would have to be indexed in their own field(?) querying the stemmed
would require one to stem the query too. Can I create a subclass of 
Query (or so), or do I need to create my own Query-class that handles
the stemming all the way for the user? The last option is my current
approach, so I would appreciate some hints and pointers here.

Great project! 


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