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From Erik Hatcher <>
Subject Re: Highlighter and complex queries
Date Sat, 29 Apr 2006 07:06:51 GMT

On Apr 29, 2006, at 1:59 AM, Marios Skounakis wrote:
> Suppose the user enters the following query using a textbox  
> interface: "rate based optimization" (as a phrase query, including  
> the quotes). The query is parsed using QueryParser, then it is  
> rewritten, and given to the highlighter. Then, method  
> getBestTextFragments is called.
> The method returns some fragments which contain only one of the  
> words in the search phrase. Isn't this wrong? Since this is a  
> phrase query, shouldn't the highlighter look for fragments which  
> contain all three words, and even more, only for fragments in which  
> the three words are adjascent (based on the token stream returned  
> by the analyzer)?

"wrong" is subjective in this case.  I personally prefer exact  
highlighting based on what matched, not just individual term  
extraction.  I have, in one project, converted all queries to a  
SpanQuery and used getSpans() to do highlighting in an accurate way.   
This particular code is not generalizable easily and was written  
under contract, so I cannot share it, but it actually was not very  
complex to do.


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