12.7. Searching for a Specific Term in a Document Index


You need to identify which documents in a Lucene index contain specific terms or phrases.


Use an IndexSearcher to search a Lucene index created with IndexWriter. This recipe assumes that you have created a Lucene index using the techniques shown in the previous recipe. The constructor of IndexSearcher takes the name of a directory that contains a Lucene index. A Query object can be created by passing a String query, a default search field, and an Analyzer to QueryParser.parse() . The following example searches the Lucene index created in the previous recipe for all speeches containing the term “Ophelia”:

import org.apache.lucene.analysis.Analyzer; import org.apache.lucene.analysis.SimpleAnalyzer; import org.apache.lucene.document.Document; import org.apache.lucene.queryParser.QueryParser; import org.apache.lucene.search.Hits; import org.apache.lucene.search.IndexSearcher; import org.apache.lucene.search.Query; import org.apache.lucene.search.Searcher; logger.info("Searching for Ophelia"); Searcher searcher = new IndexSearcher("index"); Analyzer analyzer = new SimpleAnalyzer( ); Query query = QueryParser.parse("Ophelia", "speech", analyzer); Hits hits = searcher.search(query); logger.info( "Searching Done, hit: " + hits.length( ) ); System.out.println( "Score | Play | Act | Scene | Speaker" ); for( int i = 0; i < hits.length( ); i++ ) { Document doc = hits.doc(i); System.out.print( (int) (hits.score(i) * 100 ...

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