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From Daniel Bigham <>
Subject Re: SpanNearQuery, Multiple Fields
Date Fri, 13 May 2016 02:19:39 GMT
For some reason I had it in my head that the sub-parts of a boolean query had to either be
terms or phrases, but I now see that they can be a generic Query, so your suggestion might
work nicely. 

I had since discovered DisjunctionMaxQuery, which might also work... 

Anyway, thanks very much for your reply. 

----- On May 12, 2016, at 6:48 PM, Alan Woodward <> wrote: 

> Try adding your multiple SpanNearQuery objects to a BooleanQuery?

> Alan Woodward

> On 12 May 2016, at 20:35, Daniel Bigham wrote:

>> I'm very interested in SpanNearQuery, because it allows for quite powerful
> > phrasal searching.

>> However, unlike BooleanQuery, there doesn't seem to be any way to have it search
> > multiple fields.

>> I thought I might be able to wrap multiple SpanNearQueries, each of them
>> searching a different field, in an outer SpanOrQuery, but that raises an
> > exception:

> > java.lang.IllegalArgumentException: Clauses must have same field.
> > at

>> So, is there any way to do what I'd like to do? Would it require performing
>> multiple search operations, once per field, and then combining the results from
> > those multiple queries?

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