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From "Michael McCandless (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] Commented: (LUCENE-1701) Add NumericField and NumericSortField, make plain text numeric parsers public in FieldCache, move trie parsers to FieldCache
Date Mon, 22 Jun 2009 20:59:07 GMT


Michael McCandless commented on LUCENE-1701:

bq. Using 4 for int, 6 for long. 

Unfortunately we can't easily conditionalize the default by int vs long.  Ie use you NumericField
like this:

NumericField f = new NumericField("price", 4);

bq. Mike: As you see, the precision step is a good config approach, so an default is should
be choosen carefully.

Agreed!  But, it need not be "perfect".  Advanced users can test & iterate to find the
best tradeoff for their particular field's value distribution.  For slow ranges now with RangeQuery
(because of many unique terms), NumericRangeQuery will be a massive speedup with eg a default
of 4.

New users shouldn't have to understand what precisionStep means, or anything about "what's
under the hood", in order to use NumericField.  I should be able to simply:
new NumericField("price", 15.50);

Erring towards more terms (and faster searches) is fine, I think, because in a "typical" index
the text fields with dwarf any small added disk space (hence my proposal of 4 as the default

bq. Can you open an issue?

OK I'll open a new issue.

> Add NumericField and NumericSortField, make plain text numeric parsers public in FieldCache,
move trie parsers to FieldCache
> ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
>                 Key: LUCENE-1701
>                 URL:
>             Project: Lucene - Java
>          Issue Type: New Feature
>          Components: Index, Search
>    Affects Versions: 2.9
>            Reporter: Uwe Schindler
>            Assignee: Uwe Schindler
>             Fix For: 2.9
>         Attachments: LUCENE-1701-test-tag-special.patch, LUCENE-1701.patch, LUCENE-1701.patch,
LUCENE-1701.patch, LUCENE-1701.patch, LUCENE-1701.patch, LUCENE-1701.patch,
> In discussions about LUCENE-1673, Mike & me wanted to add a new NumericField to o.a.l.document
specific for easy indexing. An alternative would be to add a NumericUtils.newXxxField() factory,
that creates a preconfigured Field instance with norms and tf off, optionally a stored text
(LUCENE-1699) and the TokenStream already initialized. On the other hand NumericUtils.newXxxSortField
could be moved to NumericSortField.
> I and Yonik tend to use the factory for both, Mike tends to create the new classes.
> Also the parsers for string-formatted numerics are not public in FieldCache. As the new
SortField API (LUCENE-1478) makes it possible to support a parser in SortField instantiation,
it would be good to have the static parsers in FieldCache public available. SortField would
init its member variable to them (instead of NULL), so making code a lot easier (FieldComparator
has this ugly null checks when retrieving values from the cache).
> Moving the Trie parsers also as static instances into FieldCache would make the code
cleaner and we would be able to hide the "hack" StopFillCacheException by making it private
to FieldCache (currently its public because NumericUtils is in o.a.l.util).

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