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From "Earwin Burrfoot (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] Commented: (LUCENE-1488) issues with standardanalyzer on multilingual text
Date Thu, 02 Jul 2009 17:35:47 GMT

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Earwin Burrfoot commented on LUCENE-1488:
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bq. There is no morphological processing or any other language-specific functionality in this
patch... 
I'm speaking of stemming in ArabicAnalyzer. Why can't you use its stemming tokenfilter over
all ICU goodness from this patch? Everything else ArabicAnalyzer consists of might as well
be deleted right after.

> issues with standardanalyzer on multilingual text
> -------------------------------------------------
>
>                 Key: LUCENE-1488
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/LUCENE-1488
>             Project: Lucene - Java
>          Issue Type: Wish
>          Components: contrib/analyzers
>            Reporter: Robert Muir
>            Priority: Minor
>         Attachments: ICUAnalyzer.patch, LUCENE-1488.patch, LUCENE-1488.txt, LUCENE-1488.txt
>
>
> The standard analyzer in lucene is not exactly unicode-friendly with regards to breaking
text into words, especially with respect to non-alphabetic scripts.  This is because it is
unaware of unicode bounds properties.
> I actually couldn't figure out how the Thai analyzer could possibly be working until
i looked at the jflex rules and saw that codepoint range for most of the Thai block was added
to the alphanum specification. defining the exact codepoint ranges like this for every language
could help with the problem but you'd basically be reimplementing the bounds properties already
stated in the unicode standard. 
> in general it looks like this kind of behavior is bad in lucene for even latin, for instance,
the analyzer will break words around accent marks in decomposed form. While most latin letter
+ accent combinations have composed forms in unicode, some do not. (this is also an issue
for asciifoldingfilter i suppose). 
> I've got a partially tested standardanalyzer that uses icu Rule-based BreakIterator instead
of jflex. Using this method you can define word boundaries according to the unicode bounds
properties. After getting it into some good shape i'd be happy to contribute it for contrib
but I wonder if theres a better solution so that out of box lucene will be more friendly to
non-ASCII text. Unfortunately it seems jflex does not support use of these properties such
as [\p{Word_Break = Extend}] so this is probably the major barrier.
> Thanks,
> Robert

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