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From Erick Erickson <>
Subject Re: How to do partial beginning matches
Date Thu, 06 May 2010 12:56:32 GMT
There's really no connection between NGrams and *. NGrams can be used
to handle hairy wildcard expressions, in particular searching for things
*blah* is one potential use of NGrams.

But your problem is simple to solve without bothering with NGrams, just use
the "begin*" syntax, no special indexing required...

A bunch of work has been done to make wildcard queries more friendly, but
do note that this is a more complex problem than you might initially think,
don't be surprised if you revisit your solution as your project matures...


On Thu, May 6, 2010 at 8:11 AM, Felix Pendergast

> Hello,
> I'm trying to search for partial beginning matches on a big list of
> lastnames. So Wein* should find Weinberg, Weinkamm etc.
> I could do this by creating a special field, and adding
>  <filter class="solr.EdgeNGramFilterFactory" minGramSize="1"
> maxGramSize="50" preserveOriginal="1"/>
> to its type specification in schema.xml. When I add the line above only to
> the indexing analyzer and leave it empty for the query analyzer, I can then
> search by just search special_field:Wein and get the expected results.
> Now I see that solr also has a *-syntax. What's the connection between
> EdgeNGramFilterFactory and the *-syntax?
> Am I doing things correctly or is there a better, more regular way?
> Thanks,
> Felix

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