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From anuvenk <anuvenkat...@hotmail.com>
Subject Is there Downside to a huge synonyms file?
Date Tue, 02 Jun 2009 22:55:27 GMT

In my index i have legal faqs, forms, legal videos etc with a state field for
each resource.
Now if i search for real estate san diego, I want to be able to return other
'california' results i.e results from san francisco.
I have the following fields in the index

title                                                  state          
description...
real estate san diego example 1           california         some
description
real estate carlsbad example 2             california         some desc

so when i search for real estate san francisco, since there is no match, i
want to be able to return the other real estate results in california
instead of returning none. Because sometimes they might be searching for a
real estate form and city probably doesn't matter. 

I have two things in mind. One is adding a synonym mapping
san diego, california
carlsbad, california
san francisco, california

(which probably isn't the best way)
hoping that search for san francisco real estate would map san francisco to
california and hence return the other two california results

OR

adding the mapping of city to state in the index itself like..

title                                         state             city                     
            
description...
real estate san diego eg 1    california   carlsbad, san francisco, san
diego        some description
real estate carlsbad eg 2      california   carlsbad, san francisco, san
diego        some description

which of the above two is better. Does a huge synonym file affect
performance. Or Is there a even better way? I'm sure there is but I can't
put my finger on it yet & I'm not familiar with java either.

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