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From Erik Hatcher <>
Subject Re: non indexed field searching?
Date Tue, 16 May 2006 23:35:26 GMT

On May 16, 2006, at 3:37 PM, Robert Engels wrote:
> It seems that maybe a query could be separated into Filter and  
> Query clauses
> (similar to how the query optimizer works in Nutch). Clauses that  
> were based
> on non-indexed fields would be converted to a Filter.
> The problem is if you have some thing like
> (indexed:somevalue OR nonindexed:somevalue)
> would require a complete visit to every document.

Not necessarily.  A query optimizer could could extract these term  
query clauses, look up cached doc sets (bit sets) and union them.   
Scoring is the trickier part - I'm now curious to dig into Solr and  
see how it handles this.

> I understand that this is moving Lucene closer to a database, but  
> it is just
> very difficult to perform some complex queries efficiently without it.

Check out Solr - I think you'll find it fits this niche nicely.

> *** As an aside, I still don't understand why Filter is not an  
> interface

I saw that Paul Elschot has just done some refactoring work attached  
to a JIRA issue on this very topic.


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