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From "Finan, Sean" <Sean.Fi...@childrens.harvard.edu>
Subject Re: Accessing the External Resource from the UimaContext without Using XML descriptor [EXTERNAL]
Date Tue, 25 Jun 2019 14:38:03 GMT
Hi Siamak,

Good question.  Yet another shortfall in the documentation ...

There are several ways to set parameters in the  PipelineBuilder.

The javadocs for the 4.0.0 release version are here:

You can use the set(..) method to set "global" values, or place component-specific values
using the add(..) method.

The PipelineBuilder in trunk has the additional method:
setIfEmpty(..)        Just like set(..) except any given attributes are ignored if they already
have values

In addition, the add( component, parameters... ) in trunk has been changed to:
add( component, views, parameters ).
Views are usually used for training ml models.  To use add(..) like the original (without
special views) specify add( component, Collections.emptyList(), parameters ).   The method
usage add( component ) still exists.  Apparently I was too lazy to properly refactor the method
with the original signature ...

I hope that helps,

From: Siamak Barzegar <barzegar.siamak@gmail.com>
Sent: Tuesday, June 25, 2019 9:23 AM
To: dev@ctakes.apache.org
Subject: Accessing the External Resource from the UimaContext without Using XML descriptor

I would like to use different cTAKES' components by using PipelineBuilder
(exactly the same in HelloWorldBuilderRunner.java).
But the problem is (As I understand it), PipelineBuilder does not read XML
descriptor of the component. I want to use the Dictionary Lookup component
(DictionaryLookupannotatorCSV.xml) in the following components:

         PipelineBuilder builder = new PipelineBuilder();
              .add( SimpleSegmentAnnotator.class )
              .add( SentenceDetector.class )
              .add( TokenizerAnnotator.class )
               // Java Class file of DictionaryLookupannotatorCSV.xml is:

But in the DictionaryLookupannotatorCSV.xml file, there are several
external resources that DictionaryLookupAnnotator needs to read them:

public void initialize(UimaContext aContext) {
  iv_context = aContext;
  FileResource fResrc = (FileResource)
   iv_lookupSpecSet = LookupParseUtilities.parseDescriptor(descFile,

So, what is the best way for having access to these
resources(LookupDescriptorFile, DictionaryFileResource, RxnormIndex and
OrangeBookIndex) in DictionaryLookupannotatorCSV.xml from the code?

Thanks a lot.

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