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From Michael McCandless <>
Subject Re: Fields with cardinality = 1?
Date Mon, 08 Mar 2010 10:07:19 GMT
Lucene doesn't optimize for this today.

But with flex (still on branch but hopefully landing on trunk soon)
you could impl a codec that did optimize such fields.  You would know,
in advance, which field(s) do this, right?

And at searching time the codec would pretend all docs appeared in the
posting, for that one value...


On Sun, Mar 7, 2010 at 8:49 PM, Nigel <> wrote:
> Does Lucene have any special optimization for a field that has the same
> value for all documents in the index?  For example, rather than storing a
> list of all doc ids for the single term, it could in theory note this
> special case and not save any ids for that field.
> (You might well ask what the point of doing this is, anyway.  In my case, I
> have a collection of index shards, and all documents within one shard would
> have the same value for one field.  I could simply omit that field, but then
> queries referring to that field wouldn't work, unless the queries were
> automatically rewritten somehow to remove references to the field that's
> assumed to be present.  If this case is optimized somehow, then I can
> include the field without taking up any space in the index.  If it's not
> optimized, then it might be worth omitting the field and rewriting the
> queries instead.)
> Thanks,
> Chris

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