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From Erick Erickson <>
Subject Re: Multi-value (complex) field indexing
Date Mon, 28 Dec 2009 20:51:22 GMT
I'm not following entirely here, but multi-valued fields are supported.
Something like (bad pseudo-code here)
doc = new Document
doc.add(new Field("rows", <row1 text", stored, indexed));
doc.add(new Field("rows", <row2 text", stored, indexed));

If your analyzer implements getPositionIncrementGap, you can keep your
rows separate (search the mail archives for getPositionIncrementGap for
more explanation).

Then, if you're searching with a proximity (or phrase) less than your
gap, you'll only get matches within a row. You wouldn't get a search
a particular row" if, by that phrase, you meant "only look in row 2". If you

mean "only match the document if the phrase is in a *some* row in the doc",
it should work.

The SpanNear query should work, as should regular phrase queries.

If this is off base, could you provide some more examples?


On Mon, Dec 28, 2009 at 1:08 PM, Leonid M. <> wrote:

> *Problem description*
>   - I have a complex multi-value field. So, each value consist from several
>   rows.
>   - Each rows consists from several cells/items
> I want to be able to match those issues, which have a *row* with
> cellA="AAA"
> and cellB="BBB". Having a search by all the table (meaning - any row
> cellA="AAA" and any row cellB="BBB") is something I understand and
> hopefully
> could easily implement by having different FieldIndexers for each column.
> *Example:*
> *
> *
> *Field value:*
> *Row 1: [AAA] [BBB] [XXX]*
> *Row 2: [CCC] [BBB] [XXX]
> *
> I would like to run [CCC][BBB] query to look for rows containing these
> values and in this case I will get empty result set, since no such field is
> present.
> *Question*
> Is there any option to index / look for particular row only?
> I understand that I could make each row to be a separate document, but it
> doesn't sit me (it's 3rd party system and I have no access for new document
> creation, all I could do - to extend system's indexing mechanism).
> So, could I somehow index multiple rows within one document and construct
> Lucene search against some particular *row*?
> --
> Best regards,
> Leonids Malovs

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