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From "Luca Cavanna (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (LUCENE-5057) Hunspell stemmer generates multiple tokens
Date Sun, 01 Sep 2013 08:10:52 GMT


Luca Cavanna commented on LUCENE-5057:

Hi Lukas,
can you share your findings? In my case it seemed to be a dictionary problem, but I'm curious
to hear what you experienced.

> Hunspell stemmer generates multiple tokens
> ------------------------------------------
>                 Key: LUCENE-5057
>                 URL:
>             Project: Lucene - Core
>          Issue Type: Improvement
>    Affects Versions: 4.3
>            Reporter: Luca Cavanna
>            Assignee: Adrien Grand
> The hunspell stemmer seems to be generating multiple tokens: the original token plus
the available stems.
> It might be a good thing in some cases but it seems to be a different behaviour compared
to the other stemmers and causes problems as well. I would rather have an option to decide
whether it should output only the available stems, or the stems plus the original token. I'm
not sure though if it's possible to have only a single stem indexed, which would be even better
in my opinion. When I look at how snowball works only one token is indexed, the stem, and
that works great. Probably there's something I'm missing in how hunspell works.
> Here is my issue: I have a query composed of multiple terms, which is analyzed using
stemming and a boolean query is generated out of it. All fine when adding all clauses as should
(OR operator), but if I add all clauses as must (AND operator), then I can get back only the
documents that contain the stem originated by the exactly same original word.
> Example for the dutch language I'm working with: fiets (means bicycle in dutch), its
plural is fietsen.
> If I index "fietsen" I get both "fietsen" and "fiets" indexed, but if I index "fiets"
I get the only "fiets" indexed.
> When I query for "fietsen whatever" I get the following boolean query: field:fiets field:fietsen
> If I apply the AND operator and use must clauses for each subquery, then I can only find
the documents that originally contained "fietsen", not the ones that originally contained
"fiets", which is not really what stemming is about.
> Any thoughts on this? I also wonder if it can be a dictionary issue since I see that
different words that have the word "fiets" as root don't get the same stems, and using the
AND operator at query time is a big issue.
> I would love to contribute on this and looking forward to your feedback.

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