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From Michael Ryan <>
Subject Finding words not followed by other words
Date Fri, 11 Jul 2014 14:20:17 GMT
I'm trying to solve the following problem...

I have 3 documents that contain the following contents:
1: "George Washington Carver blah blah blah."
2: "George Washington blah blah blah."
3: "George Washington Carver blah blah blah. George Washington blah blah blah."

I want to create a query that matches documents 2 and 3, but not 1. That is, I want to find
documents that mention "George Washington". It's okay if they also mention "George Washington
Carver", but I don't want documents that only mention "George Washington Carver". So simply
doing something like this does not solve it:
"George Washington" NOT "George Washington Carver"

Is there a Query type that does this out of the box? I've looked at the various types of span
queries, but none of them seem to do this. I think it should be theoretically possible given
the position data that Lucene stores...


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