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From "Shai Erera (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] Commented: (LUCENE-1614) Add next() and skipTo() variants to DocIdSetIterator that return the current doc, instead of boolean
Date Tue, 26 May 2009 15:17:46 GMT


Shai Erera commented on LUCENE-1614:

About ConjunctionScorer.doNext() (this also applies to FilteredQuery.advanceToCommon()). I've
changed it, following Mike's proposal to this:

  private boolean doNext() throws IOException {
    int first = 0;
    lastDoc = scorers[scorers.length - 1].docID();
    Scorer firstScorer;
    while ((firstScorer = scorers[first]).docID() < lastDoc) {
      lastDoc = firstScorer.advance(lastDoc);
      first = first == scorers.length - 1 ? 0 : first + 1;
    return lastDoc != NO_MORE_DOCS;

This indeed gets rid of 'more', the check for 'more' in the while condition and also the assignment
to more. But now I think it may introduce a different inefficiency. Let's say that firstScorer.advance()
returns NO_MORE_DOCS. The next scorer's docID is obviously smaller, and therefore the following
call will be (first line in the 'while' body): *lastDoc = firstScorer.advance(Integer.MAX_VALUE);*.
There are Scorers which cannot implement that efficiently.

With 'more' this would not have happened, since the while condition would terminate before

Are we sure that that's a worthwhile enhancement.

BTW, the code for FilteredQuery looks like this:

            while (scorerDoc != disiDoc) {
              if (scorerDoc < disiDoc) {
                if ((scorerDoc = scorer.advance(disiDoc)) == NO_MORE_DOCS) {
                  return NO_MORE_DOCS;
              } else {
                if ((disiDoc = docIdSetIterator.advance(scorerDoc)) == NO_MORE_DOCS) {
                  return NO_MORE_DOCS;
            return scorerDoc;

And I thought to change it to this:

while (scorerDoc != disiDoc) {
  if (scorerDoc < disiDoc) {
    scorerDoc = scorer.advance(disiDoc);
  } else {
  disiDoc = docIdSetIterator.advance(scorerDoc);
return scorerDoc;

What do you think?

> Add next() and skipTo() variants to DocIdSetIterator that return the current doc, instead
of boolean
> ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
>                 Key: LUCENE-1614
>                 URL:
>             Project: Lucene - Java
>          Issue Type: Improvement
>          Components: Search
>            Reporter: Shai Erera
>             Fix For: 2.9
>         Attachments: LUCENE-1614.patch, LUCENE-1614.patch, LUCENE-1614.patch
> See
for the full discussion. The basic idea is to add variants to those two methods that return
the current doc they are at, to save successive calls to doc(). If there are no more docs,
return -1. A summary of what was discussed so far:
> # Deprecate those two methods.
> # Add nextDoc() and skipToDoc(int) that return doc, with default impl in DISI (calls
next() and skipTo() respectively, and will be changed to abstract in 3.0).
> #* I actually would like to propose an alternative to the names: advance() and advance(int)
- the first advances by one, the second advances to target.
> # Wherever these are used, do something like '(doc = advance()) >= 0' instead of comparing
to -1 for improved performance.
> I will post a patch shortly

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