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From "David Smiley (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] Commented: (LUCENE-2529) always apply position increment gap between values
Date Tue, 28 Sep 2010 12:41:34 GMT

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David Smiley commented on LUCENE-2529:
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I've been so busy; I intended to return to this issue later in the week.  Unfortunately this
issue isn't completely resolved in my testing.  It's good that the position increment gap
is always applied now, but there is some other increment logic in this class that foils my
attempts to coordinate the positions across multiple fields, particularly when the first value
is non-existent for a multi-valued field.  I'll post more about it later.

> always apply position increment gap between values
> --------------------------------------------------
>
>                 Key: LUCENE-2529
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/LUCENE-2529
>             Project: Lucene - Java
>          Issue Type: Bug
>          Components: Index
>    Affects Versions: 2.9.3, 3.0.2, 3.1, 4.0
>         Environment: (I don't know which version to say this affects since it's some
quasi trunk release and the new versioning scheme confuses me.)
>            Reporter: David Smiley
>            Assignee: Koji Sekiguchi
>            Priority: Minor
>             Fix For: 3.1, 4.0
>
>         Attachments: LUCENE-2529_always_apply_position_increment_gap_between_values.patch
>
>   Original Estimate: 1h
>  Remaining Estimate: 1h
>
> I'm doing some fancy stuff with span queries that is very sensitive to term positions.
 I discovered that the position increment gap on indexing is only applied between values when
there are existing terms indexed for the document.  I suspect this logic wasn't deliberate,
it's just how its always been for no particular reason.  I think it should always apply the
gap between fields.  Reference DocInverterPerField.java line 82:
> if (fieldState.length > 0)
>           fieldState.position += docState.analyzer.getPositionIncrementGap(fieldInfo.name);
> This is checking fieldState.length.  I think the condition should simply be:  if (i >
0).
> I don't think this change will affect anyone at all but it will certainly help me.  Presently,
I can either change this line in Lucene, or I can put in a hack so that the first value for
the document is some dummy value which is wasteful.

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