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From "Robert Muir (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] Commented: (LUCENE-1532) File based spellcheck with doc frequencies supplied
Date Mon, 02 Feb 2009 14:09:59 GMT

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Robert Muir commented on LUCENE-1532:
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when you talk about hardcoding normalization, I really don't see where its unfair or even
'hardcoding' to assume a zipfian distribution in any corpus of text for incorporating the
frequency weight....

I agree the specific corpus determines some of these properties but at the end of the day
they all tend to have the same general distribution curve even if the specifics are different.

> File based spellcheck with doc frequencies supplied
> ---------------------------------------------------
>
>                 Key: LUCENE-1532
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/LUCENE-1532
>             Project: Lucene - Java
>          Issue Type: New Feature
>          Components: contrib/spellchecker
>            Reporter: David Bowen
>            Priority: Minor
>
> The file-based spellchecker treats all words in the dictionary as equally valid, so it
can suggest a very obscure word rather than a more common word which is equally close to the
misspelled word that was entered.  It would be very useful to have the option of supplying
an integer with each word which indicates its commonness.  I.e. the integer could be the document
frequency in some index or set of indexes.
> I've implemented a modification to the spellcheck API to support this by defining a DocFrequencyInfo
interface for obtaining the doc frequency of a word, and a class which implements the interface
by looking up the frequency in an index.  So Lucene users can provide alternative implementations
of DocFrequencyInfo.  I could submit this as a patch if there is interest.  Alternatively,
it might be better to just extend the spellcheck API to have a way to supply the frequencies
when you create a PlainTextDictionary, but that would mean storing the frequencies somewhere
when building the spellcheck index, and I'm not sure how best to do that.

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