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From "Robert Muir (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] Commented: (LUCENE-2792) Add a simple FST impl to Lucene
Date Fri, 03 Dec 2010 12:31:10 GMT

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Robert Muir commented on LUCENE-2792:
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This sounds awesome!

It would be neat to write intersect(FST, Automaton), and somehow optionally use it if available.
Such a thing might be cleaner now that MTQ.getTermsEnum takes a Terms structure


> Add a simple FST impl to Lucene
> -------------------------------
>
>                 Key: LUCENE-2792
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/LUCENE-2792
>             Project: Lucene - Java
>          Issue Type: New Feature
>          Components: Index
>            Reporter: Michael McCandless
>            Assignee: Michael McCandless
>             Fix For: 4.0
>
>         Attachments: FSTExample.png, LUCENE-2792.patch
>
>
> I implemented the algo described at
> http://citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/viewdoc/summary?doi=10.1.1.24.3698 for
> incrementally building a finite state transducer (FST) from sorted
> inputs.
> This is not a fully general FST impl -- it's only able to build up an
> FST incrementally from input/output pairs that are pre-sorted.
> Currently the inputs are BytesRefs, and the outputs are pluggable --
> NoOutputs gets you a simple FSA, PositiveIntOutputs maps to a long,
> ByteSequenceOutput maps to a BytesRef.
> The implementation has a low memory overhead, so that it can handle a
> fairly large set of terms.  For example, it can build the FSA for the
> 9.8M terms from a 10M document wikipedia index in ~8 seconds (on
> beast), using ~256 MB peak RAM, resulting in an FSA that's ~60 MB.
> It packs the FST as-it-builds into a compact byte[], and then exposes
> the API to read nodes/arcs directly from the byte[].  The FST can be
> quickly saved/loaded to/from a Directory since it's just a big byte[].
> The format is similar to what Morfologik uses
> (http://sourceforge.net/projects/morfologik/).
> I think there are a number of possible places we can use this in
> Lucene.  For example, I think many apps could hold the entire terms
> dict in RAM, either at the multi-reader level or maybe per-segment
> (mapping to file offset or to something else custom to the app), which
> may possibly be a good speedup for certain MTQs (though, because the
> format is packed into a byte[], there is a decode cost when visiting
> arcs).
> The builder can also prune as it goes, so you get a prefix trie pruned
> according to how many terms run through the nodes, which makes it
> faster and even less memory consuming.  This may be useful as a
> replacement for our current binary search terms index since it can
> achieve higher term density for the same RAM consumption of our
> current index.
> As an initial usage to make sure this is exercised, I cutover the
> SimpleText codec, which currently fully loads all terms into a
> TreeMap (and has caused intermittent OOME in some tests), to use an FST
> instead.  SimpleText uses a PairOutputs which is able to "pair up" any
> two other outputs, since it needs to map each input term to an int
> docFreq and long filePosition.
> All tests pass w/ SimpleText forced codec, and I think this is
> committable except I'd love to get some help w/ the generics
> (confession to the policeman: I had to add
> @SuppressWarnings({"unchecked"})) all over!!  Ideally an FST is
> parameterized by its output type (Integer, BytesRef, etc.).
> I even added a new @nightly test that makes a largeish set of random
> terms and tests the resulting FST on different outputs :)
> I think it would also be easy to make a variant that uses char[]
> instead of byte[] as its inputs, so we could eg use this during analysis
> (Robert's idea).  It's already be easy to have a CharSequence
> output type since the outputs are pluggable.
> Dawid Weiss (author of HPPC -- http://labs.carrotsearch.com/hppc.html -- and
> Morfologik -- http://sourceforge.net/projects/morfologik/)
> was very helpful iterating with me on this (thank you!).

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