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Lucene 4 Cookbook

By : Edwood Ng, Vineeth Mohan
Book Image

Lucene 4 Cookbook

By: Edwood Ng, Vineeth Mohan

Overview of this book

Table of Contents (16 chapters)
Lucene 4 Cookbook
About the Authors
About the Reviewers

Creating a numeric field

We've learned how to deal with textual content using a StringField and TextField in Lucene, so now let's take a look at how numerals are handled. Lucene provides four Field classes for storing numeric values. They are IntField, FloatField, LongField, and DoubleField, and are analogous to Java numeric types. Lucene, being a text search engine, treats numeral as term internally and indexes them in a trie structure (also called ordered tree data structure) as illustrated in the following:

Each Term is logically assigned to larger and larger predefined lower-precision brackets. For example, let's assume that the brackets are divided by a quotient of division of a lower level by ten as in the preceding diagram. So, under the 1 bracket (at the top level), we get DocId associated with values in the 100s range, and under the 12 bracket, we get association with values in the 120s range and so on. Now, let's say you want to search by numeric range of all documents with the...