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From "Robert Muir (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] Commented: (LUCENE-1606) Automaton Query/Filter (scalable regex)
Date Tue, 24 Nov 2009 21:19:39 GMT

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Robert Muir commented on LUCENE-1606:
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bq. But, take the abcd*1234 case - you first seek to abcd, the terms enum finds (say) abcdX1234
- don't you (DFA) know at this point that next possible candidate is abcdY1234? Ie, you should
seek to that term? (Doing next() at that point is most likely a waste, and anyway the enum
will turn your seek into a next if it's "close"). 

pretty sure I know this information, but in general i only seek on mismatches, I think for
the reason that there can be a lot of seeks for AB* (say 1 million terms).
so instead i wait for a mismatch until i seek again, I think tests showed this due to what
you mentioned below?

bq. That said, seeking on trunk is alot more costly than seeking on flex, because trunk has
to make a new [cloned] SegmentTermEnum for each seek.

I think that might be whats killing me, when i ran tests on lucene 2.9 or whatever.
We should retest performance on flex.

This is why i said, significant rework of this maybe should take place in flex (although I
still think this is an improvement for trunk already), to fully take advantage of it.


> Automaton Query/Filter (scalable regex)
> ---------------------------------------
>
>                 Key: LUCENE-1606
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/LUCENE-1606
>             Project: Lucene - Java
>          Issue Type: New Feature
>          Components: Search
>            Reporter: Robert Muir
>            Assignee: Robert Muir
>            Priority: Minor
>             Fix For: 3.1
>
>         Attachments: automaton.patch, automatonMultiQuery.patch, automatonmultiqueryfuzzy.patch,
automatonMultiQuerySmart.patch, automatonWithWildCard.patch, automatonWithWildCard2.patch,
BenchWildcard.java, LUCENE-1606-flex.patch, LUCENE-1606-flex.patch, LUCENE-1606.patch, LUCENE-1606.patch,
LUCENE-1606.patch, LUCENE-1606.patch, LUCENE-1606.patch, LUCENE-1606.patch, LUCENE-1606.patch,
LUCENE-1606.patch, LUCENE-1606.patch, LUCENE-1606.patch, LUCENE-1606_nodep.patch
>
>
> Attached is a patch for an AutomatonQuery/Filter (name can change if its not suitable).
> Whereas the out-of-box contrib RegexQuery is nice, I have some very large indexes (100M+
unique tokens) where queries are quite slow, 2 minutes, etc. Additionally all of the existing
RegexQuery implementations in Lucene are really slow if there is no constant prefix. This
implementation does not depend upon constant prefix, and runs the same query in 640ms.
> Some use cases I envision:
>  1. lexicography/etc on large text corpora
>  2. looking for things such as urls where the prefix is not constant (http:// or ftp://)
> The Filter uses the BRICS package (http://www.brics.dk/automaton/) to convert regular
expressions into a DFA. Then, the filter "enumerates" terms in a special way, by using the
underlying state machine. Here is my short description from the comments:
>      The algorithm here is pretty basic. Enumerate terms but instead of a binary accept/reject
do:
>       
>      1. Look at the portion that is OK (did not enter a reject state in the DFA)
>      2. Generate the next possible String and seek to that.
> the Query simply wraps the filter with ConstantScoreQuery.
> I did not include the automaton.jar inside the patch but it can be downloaded from http://www.brics.dk/automaton/
and is BSD-licensed.

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