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From Marc Hadfield <>
Subject Re: query across fields?
Date Tue, 11 Oct 2005 18:29:28 GMT

Hello -

a quick follow-up to my previous post.

In the SpanNear (or for that matter PhraseQuery), one can set a slop 
value where 0 (zero) means one following after the other.

How can one differentiate between Terms at the **same** position vs. one 
after the other?


(A)/0 (B)/1 (C)/2 ....
( A B )/0 (C)/1 (D)/2 ...

How can a SpanNear (or anything) query for A,B tell these two cases apart?


Doug Cutting wrote:

> Marc Hadfield wrote:
>> I actually mention your option in my email:
>>> In principle I could store the full text in two fields with the 
>>> second field containing the types without incrementing the token 
>>> index.   Then, do a SpanQuery for "Johnson" and "name" with a 
>>> distance of 0.  The resulting match would have a token position 
>>> which would refer back to the matching position in the first field.  
>>> I don't know if this is a really good idea.
>> ie Field_B = full text interlaced with "types" following each full 
>> text token with positionIncrement=0
> Sorry, you confused me when you spoke of this as "two fields" when 
> only one field is required.
>> However, as far as I understand, the standard TermQuery won't let me 
>> check if "Johnson" and "__name__" occur at the **same** position.  
>> Perhaps, as I ask above, a SpanQuery will allow multiple terms with a 
>> distance of zero (0) , that is they were indexed with 
>> positionIncrement=0 and SpanQuery can handle 0 distance terms?
> TermQuery certainly won't, since it only concerns a single term.  But 
> PhraseQuery now has an add(Term, position) method that should do the 
> trick.  And SpanNearQuery should work.
> Doug
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