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From "James Kosin (Created) (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] [Created] (OPENNLP-471) DictionaryNameFinder has HASHing issues
Date Thu, 15 Mar 2012 03:47:53 GMT
DictionaryNameFinder has HASHing issues

                 Key: OPENNLP-471
             Project: OpenNLP
          Issue Type: Bug
          Components: Name Finder
            Reporter: James Kosin

The DictionaryNameFinder has issues finding multi-token names when the dictionary is searched
a token at a time by the find() method.  If, the dictionary doesn't have a single (or shorter)
token match available in the dictionary.

Having a dictionary with {"folic", "acid"} without an entry for {"folic"} will cause the find()
method to totally skip the fact there is a longer match possible.

Thanks to Jim for pushing this and to my debugging skills to find.

Two possiblilites come to mind:
1)  I don't really like, is we turn it into a larger problem by trying longer matches when
shorter ones don't match.  Unfortunately, this turns quickly into a race to see who can wait

2)  A way of returning a possible match that may need exploring, or a look-ahead type system
to say we don't match "folic" but if you have "acid" after "folic" we have a match for that
in the dictionary.

3)  Leave it as is and modify the dictionary to add shorter terms to the dictionary... maybe
marking as not-a-valid entry so we can know we need a longer match.

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