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From "Mark Miller (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] Commented: (LUCENE-1286) LargeDocHighlighter - another span highlighter optimized for large documents
Date Mon, 10 Nov 2008 14:12:44 GMT


Mark Miller commented on LUCENE-1286:

It didn't turn out as well as I had hoped. You had to pay too much for the Memory index /
getting spans. I havn't closed the issue because I hope to keep trying, but I don't have anything
great at the moment. If I have the time I'll get back into it though. Storing position/offset
termvectors is the only helpful thing for large docs that I know of at the moment.

There is another highlighter by Ronnie something in JIRA that also takes this approach but
 without Phrase/Span support and requiring stored termvectors. You might try it though.

> LargeDocHighlighter - another span highlighter optimized for large documents
> ----------------------------------------------------------------------------
>                 Key: LUCENE-1286
>                 URL:
>             Project: Lucene - Java
>          Issue Type: Improvement
>          Components: contrib/highlighter
>    Affects Versions: 2.4
>            Reporter: Mark Miller
>            Priority: Minor
> The existing Highlighter API is rich and well designed, but the approach taken is not
very efficient for large documents.
> I believe that this is because the current Highlighter rebuilds the document by running
through and scoring every every token in the tokenstream.
> With a break in the current API, an alternate approach can be taken: rebuild the document
by running through the query terms by using their offsets. The benefit is clear - a large
doc will have a large tokenstream, but a query will likely be very small in comparison.
> I expect this approach to be quite a bit faster for very large documents, while still
supporting Phrase and Span queries.
> First rough patch to follow shortly.

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