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From "Dyer, James" <>
Subject RE: Solr SpellCheck on Query Field
Date Thu, 08 Nov 2012 15:22:19 GMT
This would be an awesome feature to have, wouldn't it?

For now, the best you can do is to create a master dictionary that contains all of the "FirstName"s
and "LastName"s and use that as your dictionary's spellcheck field.  This is the <copyField>
technique that you refer to in the linked post.  Alone this won't work because it might correct
a misspelled "FirstName" with someone's "LastName" or visa-versa, giving you absurd query

The workaround for this is to use "spellcheck.collate=true" and set "spellcheck.maxCollationTries"
to a number greater than zero.  This will cause SpellCheckComponent to verify that the particular
suggestions will actually return some hits before sending them back.  So every collation returned
will represent a valid set of spelling corrections for the user's terms.

Another drawback to having a master dictionary is that by default, SpellCheckComponent will
never suggest for words included in the dictionary.  So if somebody's misspelt FirstName happens
to be in the dictionary because it is a valid LastName, SpellCheckComponent's default settings
assume that this is indeed correctly-spelled.  The way around this is to specify "spellcheck.alternativeTermCount"
to a non-zero value.  This is the number of suggestions to return for terms that are in the
dictionary (you can use the same value as for "spellcheck.count", or a lower value if you
want to try and tune this behavior).  You should also set "spellcheck.maxResultsForSuggest"
to zero. (Use a higher value if you also want "did-you-mean"-style suggestions for low-hitcount

I think these conbinations will probably give you exactly what you want, at the expense of
some overhead and configuration complexity.

For more information, see the wiki section beginning here:

For an example, see the "/spell" request handler in the Solr Example:

James Dyer
E-Commerce Systems
Ingram Content Group
(615) 213-4311

-----Original Message-----
From: SolrCarinthia [] 
Sent: Thursday, November 08, 2012 7:18 AM
Subject: Solr SpellCheck on Query Field

Is it possible to run a spellcheck on multiple fields. I am aware of using a
multivalued field for this

However, what I want is to return spellcheck alternatives based on the field
against which the query ran. So if I run a query against a field like
'FirstName', I want to be able to retrieve alternate query terms from the
values indexed in 'FirstName' field only. Similarly a search against a field
'LastName' should return alternatives from the values indexed for this field
only. I dont think a multivalued field approach would work for me, since it
is actually an aggregation of indexed values from multiple fields. When
searching for First Name, I don't want to put forward suggestions that are
actually coming from tokens indexed from Last Name, Address City,etc.

To summarize my problem, I want to be able to chose the field against which
spellcheck alternatives should be provided at query time. Is this possible ?

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