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From N Hira <>
Subject Re: Lucene Newbie Questions
Date Mon, 31 May 2010 23:33:56 GMT
Frank --

Lucene can definitely do this stuff.  This review of the Query Syntax might offer you some

Specifically, you can look up "Fuzzy Searches" and "Synonyms".  There are a couple of key
ways to handle synonyms, so you might want to prototype that before you settle on the approach
you ultimately select.

Be aware that Lucene is more of a "search library".  If you're looking for a Web App. that
can return XML or JSON, you might want to look into Solr, which uses Lucene, but offers a
lot of the architecture you might need:

Good luck!


----- Original Message ----
From: Frank A <>
Sent: Mon, May 31, 2010 6:20:41 PM
Subject: Lucene Newbie Questions

Hello all,
I'm considering Lucene for a specific application and am trying to ensure
that it is the right tool for what I'm trying to accomplish.

At a high level I have a list of restaurants in a database and a list of
tags related to the restaurant (e.g. Italian, Formal, Expensive, etc).  Each
restaurant also has a location (longitude/latitude).

My primary goal using Lucene is to conduct searches where the user can do
things like:

- Misspell the name of the restaurant (by a few chars)
- Type "Italian Food" instead of just Italian or perhaps "Great Italian"
- Or even use some synonyms (e.g. Deli and Delicatessen) - of course I'd
define these terms.

Are these types of use cases something that can be done with Lucene? Or is
there a more appropriate API that I haven't found?


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