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From Paul Elschot <>
Subject Re: Catching BooleanQuery.TooManyClauses
Date Sat, 15 Apr 2006 19:13:11 GMT
On Saturday 15 April 2006 13:44, Erick Erickson wrote:
> With the warning that I'm not the most experienced Lucene user in the
> world...
> I *think*, that rather than search for each term, it's more efficient to
> just use IndexReader.termDocs..... i.e.
> Indexreader ir = <whatever>;
> TermDocs termDocs = ir.TermDocs();
> WildcardTermEnum wildEnum = <whatever>;
> for (Term term = null; (term = wildEnum.term()) != null; {

This avoids the buffer space needed for each TermDocs by using each term
separately. A BooleanQuery over all the terms will use the and
termDocs.doc() for all terms at the same time. It has to, because more terms
might match each document and it has to compute the query score for each

>       while ( {
>             Document doc = reader.document(termDocs.doc())

The methods and reader.document()
go to different places in the Lucene index (see the index format),
so this will send the disk head up and down.
It's better to collect the termDocs.doc() values first,  for example in a
BitSet, and then retrieve the Document's in numerical order.
Btw., this is what the ConstantScoreRangeQuery does to avoid using all terms
at the same time.

>       }
> }
> I know that for loop looks odd, but I just peeked at the source code for the
> TermEnum classes and see why it works.
> One warning, as the folks on the board have pointed out to me is that the
> Hits object is not entirely efficient when you fetch lots of docs (more than
> 100 has been mentioned) and you should think about TopDocs or some such.
> Also, if you can avoid fetching the document (i.e. get everything you want
> from the index) you'll add efficiency. I have no clue how much you're
> returning to the user, so I don't know whether that would work for you.....

In other words, one can use the above BitSet in a Filter lateron
during an (or in a ConstantScoreQuery),
and use Hits or TopDocs for document retrieval.

Paul Elschot.

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