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From Paddy Clark <>
Subject Fwd: Near without slop
Date Mon, 03 Dec 2001 10:35:34 GMT
This message didn't get a response on lucene-dev so I thought I would give 
it a try here .....

>OK I'm struggling .. how would I implement a NEAR operator, without using 
>phrases ?
>My current "NEAR" solution is to modify the query parser to build a 
>PhraseQuery from the terms surrounding NEAR and set the slop 
>correctly.  This works for this kind of query:
>Bob NEAR Jim
>The problem comes when I try
>microsoft NEAR app*
>to get microsoft near application, apple etc.
>app* is not a term so you cannot add it to a PhraseQuery.  The problem 
>also occurs with
>microsoft NEAR "Bill Gates"
>linux NEAR (unix AND bsd)
>and other combinations...
>Any pointers as to how to tackle this problem ?
>Patrick Clark
>Granta Design Limted

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