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From Li Li <>
Subject about TokenSources.getTokenStream and highlighter
Date Sat, 12 Jun 2010 11:03:28 GMT
hi all
   when use highlighter, We must provide a tokenStream and the
original text. To get a tokenStream, we can either reanlyze the
original text or use saved TermVector to reconstruct it.
   In my application, highlight will cost average 200ms-300ms, and I
want to optimze it to lower than 100ms. So I decided to try

The javadoc of public static TokenStream
getTokenStream(TermPositionVector tpv, boolean
tokenPositionsGuaranteedContiguous) is:

Low level api. Returns a token stream or null if no offset info
available in index. This can be used to feed the highlighter with a
pre-parsed token stream In my tests the speeds to recreate 1000 token
streams using this method are: - with TermVector offset only data
stored - 420 milliseconds - with TermVector offset AND position data
stored - 271 milliseconds (nb timings for TermVector with position
data are based on a tokenizer with contiguous positions - no overlaps
or gaps) The cost of not using TermPositionVector to store pre-parsed
content and using an analyzer to re-parse the original content: -
reanalyzing the original content - 980 milliseconds The re-analyze
timings will typically vary depending on - 1) The complexity of the
analyzer code (timings above were using a stemmer/lowercaser/stopword
combo) 2) The number of other fields (Lucene reads ALL fields off the
disk when accessing just one document field - can cost dear!) 3) Use
of compression on field storage - could be faster due to compression
(less disk IO) or slower (more CPU burn) depending on the content.

tokenPositionsGuaranteedContiguous true if the token position numbers
have no overlaps or gaps. If looking to eek out the last drops of
performance, set to true. If in doubt, set to false.

I have some questions
1. it says "reanalyze depending on The number of other fields" . but
to highlight, we must provide original text, so we will read all the
fields of the document. So no matter we use termvector reconstruction
or reanalyzation, we both need to read all the field of a document.
2. to speed up, tokenPositionsGuaranteedContiguous can be set. which
requires "contiguous positions - no overlaps or gaps". no overlaps is
obvious, what's gaps mean? My analyzer just like

 	public final boolean incrementToken() throws IOException {
			termAtt.setTermBuffer(context, beginIndex, length);
			offsetAtt.setOffset(beginIndex, endIndex);
                                                return true;
can I set it to true?

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