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From Cret Hummin <>
Subject Re: Filtering after Query
Date Sun, 18 Dec 2005 14:46:06 GMT
Hi Paul,

W.r.t. ConstantScoringQuery, it contains a minor bug: it doesn't the 
handle the case where the Filter.bits method would return null. I think 
the ConstantScorer should look like:

    public boolean next() throws IOException {
      doc = (bits == null) ? doc+1 : bits.nextSetBit(doc+1);
      return doc >= 0;

   public boolean skipTo(int target) throws IOException {
        doc = (bits == null) ? target : bits.nextSetBit(target);  // 
requires JDK 1.4
        return doc >= 0;

Anyways, while the ConstantScoringQuery does offer a great new feature, 
it does not do what I want: when my custom filter bits method is called, 
I still have to create a BitSet object with size reader.maxDoc(), which 
value is the total number of documents in the index, and then determine 
for each document if it should be included or excluded. This is 
performance killing for me.

I have the same problem with HitCollector: I'd need to go through /all/ 

After playing around a bit, I think I could solve this by adding 
TermQuery's as the last terms to a BooleanQuery, but that would mean I'd 
also have to store certain (security related) values in separate fields 
in the index. I could live with that, if I'm seeing this right: when I 
set the boost factor of those fields to 0, then it won't affect the 
scoring, right?


Paul Elschot wrote:

>On Saturday 17 December 2005 17:04, Cret Hummin wrote:
>>Hi All,
>>When using, Filter), and I use my own custom 
>>filter, it appears I'm presented with /all/ the documents in the index, 
>>i.e. in the method bits(IndexReader reader) from my custom Filter, the 
>>value of reader.maxDoc() is always the number of documents in the index. 
>>The same is true when do, Filter)).
>>Is it possible to filter /after/ the query has limited the number of 
>>possible documents, /before/ returning a Hits collection?
>The easiest way to do this is by adding a required clause to a BooleanQuery.
>You might consider using a ConstantScoringQuery for this clause:
>In case you really want to filter only the documents that match a query
>you'll need to implement a filtering HitCollector and use it on the
>lower level search API. 
>An easier way to implement such a filtering HitCollector could be
>by adding to it the search methods that return a Hits as an alternative
>to Filter.
>A disadvantage of this approach is that skipTo() cannot be used
>to combine the filter and the query, see also here:
>Paul Elschot
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