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From Sandeep Khanzode <>
Subject Re: StrField with Wildcard Search
Date Thu, 08 Sep 2016 12:54:41 GMT
So it seems that the wildcard searches will perform a (sort-of) dictionary search where they
will inspect every (full keyword) token at search time, and do a match instead of a match
on pre-created index-time tokens with TextField. However, the wildcard/fuzzy functionality
will still be provided no matter the approach... SRK 

    On Thursday, September 8, 2016 5:05 PM, Ahmet Arslan <>


EdgeNGram and Wildcard may be used to achieve the same goal: prefix search or starts with

Lets say, wildcard enumerates the whole inverted index, thus it may get slower for very large
With this one no index time manipulation is required.

EdgeNGram does its magic at index time, indexes a lot of tokens, all possible prefixes.
Index size gets bigger, query time no wildcard operator required in this one.


On Thursday, September 8, 2016 12:35 PM, Sandeep Khanzode <>
There are quite a few links that detail the difference between StrField and TextField. Also
links that explain that, even though the field is indexed, it is not tokenized and stored
as a single keyword, as can be verified by the debug analysis on Solr admin and CURL debugQuery
What I am unable to understand is how a wildcard works on StrFields? For example, if the name
is "John Doe" and I search for "John*", I get that match. Which means, that somewhere deep
within, maybe a Trie or Dictionary representation exists that allows this search with a partial
I would have assumed that wildcard would match on TextFields which allow (Edge)NGramFilters,
etc.  -- SRK 

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