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From Otis Gospodnetic <>
Subject Re: Newbie synonyms question
Date Wed, 26 Jul 2006 19:19:23 GMT
Hi Andrew,

There is othing built into Lucene for synonyms, but you can grab the code from Lucene in Action
to see how they can be handled (plus: for
some context)


----- Original Message ----
From: "Lee, Andrew J (CA - Toronto)" <>
Sent: Monday, July 24, 2006 8:52:10 PM
Subject: Newbie synonyms question

Sorry if this question has already been answered, but it is regarding


I am using the WordNet/Synonyms index and using the following algorithm

to create synonym searches (this is a dumbed down version):

Look up a the "base" word in the synonym index

In my search string, replace all instances of the base word with

"(synonym1 | synonym 2 | ... | synonym n)"

Use this new search string against my search index

1)  Is there an easier / more efficient way to go about this?

2)  Does Lucene have any built-in capability to handle synonyms?  For

example, can I point it to the synonym index and let Lucene perform all

the work of synonym lookup / replacement?

Thanks in advance,

Andrew Lee




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