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From "Shai Erera (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] Commented: (LUCENE-1575) Refactoring Lucene collectors (HitCollector and extensions)
Date Sat, 28 Mar 2009 16:30:50 GMT

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Shai Erera commented on LUCENE-1575:
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After I posted the question on how can a document get a 0 score, I realized that it's possible
due to extensions of Similarity for example. Thanks Marvin for clearing that up. I guess though
that the Lucene core classes will not assign <= 0 score to a document?

Anyway, whether it's true or not, I think I agree with Mike saying we should remove this screening
from the core collectors. If my application extends Lucene in a way that it can assign <=
0 scores to documents, and it has the intention of screening those documents, it should use
the new FilterZeroScoresCollector (maybe call it OnlyPositiveScoresCollector?)

I don't think that assigning <= 0 score to a document necessarily means it should be removed
from the result set. 

However, Mike (and others) - isn't there a back-compatibility issue with changing the core
collectors to not screen on <=0 score documents? I mean, what if my application relies
on that and extended Lucene in a way that it sometimes assigns 0 scores to documents? Now
when I'll switch to 2.9, those documents won't be filtered. I will be able to use the new
FilterZeroScoresCollector, but that'll require me to change my app's code.

Maybe just do it for the new collectors (TopScoreDocCollector and TopFieldCollector)? I need
to change my app's code anyway if I want to use them, so as long as we document this fact
in their javadocs, we should be fine?

> Refactoring Lucene collectors (HitCollector and extensions)
> -----------------------------------------------------------
>
>                 Key: LUCENE-1575
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/LUCENE-1575
>             Project: Lucene - Java
>          Issue Type: Improvement
>          Components: Search
>            Reporter: Shai Erera
>             Fix For: 2.9
>
>
> This issue is a result of a recent discussion we've had on the mailing list. You can
read the thread [here|http://www.nabble.com/Is-TopDocCollector%27s-collect()-implementation-correct--td22557419.html].
> We have agreed to do the following refactoring:
> * Rename MultiReaderHitCollector to Collector, with the purpose that it will be the base
class for all Collector implementations.
> * Deprecate HitCollector in favor of the new Collector.
> * Introduce new methods in IndexSearcher that accept Collector, and deprecate those that
accept HitCollector.
> ** Create a final class HitCollectorWrapper, and use it in the deprecated methods in
IndexSearcher, wrapping the given HitCollector.
> ** HitCollectorWrapper will be marked deprecated, so we can remove it in 3.0, when we
remove HitCollector.
> ** It will remove any instanceof checks that currently exist in IndexSearcher code.
> * Create a new (abstract) TopDocsCollector, which will:
> ** Leave collect and setNextReader unimplemented.
> ** Introduce protected members PriorityQueue and totalHits.
> ** Introduce a single protected constructor which accepts a PriorityQueue.
> ** Implement topDocs() and getTotalHits() using the PQ and totalHits members. These can
be used as-are by extending classes, as well as be overridden.
> ** Introduce a new topDocs(start, howMany) method which will be used a convenience method
when implementing a search application which allows paging through search results. It will
also attempt to improve the memory allocation, by allocating a ScoreDoc[] of the requested
size only.
> * Change TopScoreDocCollector to extend TopDocsCollector, use the topDocs() and getTotalHits()
implementations as they are from TopDocsCollector. The class will also be made final.
> * Change TopFieldCollector to extend TopDocsCollector, and make the class final. Also
implement topDocs(start, howMany).
> * Change TopFieldDocCollector (deprecated) to extend TopDocsCollector, instead of TopScoreDocCollector.
Implement topDocs(start, howMany)
> * Review other places where HitCollector is used, such as in Scorer, deprecate those
places and use Collector instead.
> Additionally, the following proposal was made w.r.t. decoupling score from collect():
> * Change collect to accecpt only a doc Id (unbased).
> * Introduce a setScorer(Scorer) method.
> * If during collect the implementation needs the score, it can call scorer.score().
> If we do this, then we need to review all places in the code where collect(doc, score)
is called, and assert whether Scorer can be passed. Also this raises few questions:
> * What if during collect() Scorer is null? (i.e., not set) - is it even possible?
> * I noticed that many (if not all) of the collect() implementations discard the document
if its score is not greater than 0. Doesn't it mean that score is needed in collect() always?
> Open issues:
> * The name for Collector
> * TopDocsCollector was mentioned on the thread as TopResultsCollector, but that was when
we thought to call Colletor ResultsColletor. Since we decided (so far) on Collector, I think
TopDocsCollector makes sense, because of its TopDocs output.
> * Decoupling score from collect().
> I will post a patch a bit later, as this is expected to be a very large patch. I will
split it into 2: (1) code patch (2) test cases (moving to use Collector instead of HitCollector,
as well as testing the new topDocs(start, howMany) method.
> There might be even a 3rd patch which handles the setScorer thing in Collector (maybe
even a different issue?)

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