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From Otis Gospodnetic <>
Subject Re: Highlighter that works with phrase and span queries
Date Wed, 20 Jun 2007 23:28:11 GMT
Hi Mark,

I know one large user (meaning: high query/highlight rates) of the current Highlighter and
this user wasn't too happy with its performance.  I don't know the details, other than it
was inefficient.  So now I'm wondering if you've benchmarked your Highlighter against that/current
Highlighter to see not only which one is more accurate, but also which one is faster, and
by how much?

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----- Original Message ----
From: Mark Miller <>
Sent: Wednesday, June 20, 2007 12:39:27 AM
Subject: Highlighter that works with phrase and span queries

I have been working on extending the Highlighter with a new Scorer that 
correctly scores phrase and span queries. The highlighter is working 
great for me, but could really use some more banging on.

If you have a need or an interest in a more accurate Highlighter, please 
give it a whirl and let me know how it went. Unlike most of the other 
alternate Lucene Highlighters, this one builds off the original contrib 
Highlighter so as to retain all of its goodness.

Example Usage

    IndexSearcher searcher = new IndexSearcher(ramDir);
    Query query = QueryParser.parse("Kenne*", FIELD_NAME, analyzer);
    query = query.rewrite(reader); //required to expand search terms
    Hits hits =;

    for (int i = 0; i < hits.length(); i++)
        String text = hits.doc(i).get(FIELD_NAME);
        CachingTokenFilter tokenStream = new 
                        FIELD_NAME, new StringReader(text)));
        Highlighter highlighter = new Highlighter(new SpanScorer(query, 
FIELD_NAME, tokenStream));
        // Get 3 best fragments and seperate with a "..."
        String result = highlighter.getBestFragments(tokenStream, text, 
3, "...");

If you make a call to any of the getBestFragments() methods more than 
once, you must call reset() on the SpanScorer between each call.

Pass null as the FIELD_NAME to ignore fields.

If you want to Highlight the whole document, use a NullFragmenter.

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