[KinoSearch] wildcard searching
marvin at rectangular.com
Sat Sep 15 20:30:05 PDT 2007
On Sep 14, 2007, at 9:21 AM, Matthew O'Connor wrote:
> KinoSearch doesn't have Wildcard searching. Socialtext implemented
> very simple Wildcard searching, in the obvious way. It's slow and
> icky, and usually stemming gives better results. If you really
> must have it then I can point you at some code.
KS doesn't have it in core, and I don't plan to add it. It's slow
and icky in Lucene, too -- compared with everything else. Because
people don't automatically guess that such would be the case or
understand why it's the case, some inevitably end up with unforeseen
performance challenges. Talking these people down on the mailing
lists consumes a fair amount of energy.
In absolute terms, wildcard searching can be quite quite useful and
performance can be acceptable for smaller collections. It would be a
nice thing to have on CPAN under the KSx namespace. As a separate
distribution, people would be psychologically prepared for behavior
unlike that of the KS core.
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