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From "Marshall Schor (JIRA)" <...@uima.apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (UIMA-2391) Uima type merging for string subtypes not working
Date Wed, 25 Apr 2012 21:18:17 GMT

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Marshall Schor commented on UIMA-2391:
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Another kind of workaround - don't rely on type merging.  Instead, adopt a strategy for combining
annotators that allows constructing whatever common type system you need.  This would allow
you to have a common shared type system, and if a configuration required additional "allowed
values", you could edit the descriptor and add them (after checking manually, that doing so
wouldn't break some other annotator that might have been relying on the more limited set).
 Type merging was envisioned more for the case where the XML descriptors for an annotator
couldn't be modified.  

                
> Uima type merging for string subtypes not working
> -------------------------------------------------
>
>                 Key: UIMA-2391
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/UIMA-2391
>             Project: UIMA
>          Issue Type: Bug
>          Components: Core Java Framework
>    Affects Versions: 2.3.1AS
>         Environment: Linux on Power
>            Reporter: Charles de Saint-Aignan
>            Priority: Critical
>         Attachments: UIMA-2391.patch
>
>
> The basic situation is that we are providing a UIMA-based core that other teams can extend
to suit their needs.  As such we are making use of UIMA type merging to allow them to add
new features to existing types.  This approach works fine since JCasGen merges the two definitions
of the given type and produces a superset of the features.  This is well documented here:
> http://uima.apache.org/d/uimaj-2.3.1/references.html#ugr.ref.jcas.merging_types.jcasgen_support

> However, in addition to this, we have the case where we have a string subtype with given
allowedValues - lets say values a, b and c.  The other team wants to extend this type and
have additional allowedValues, say value d.  Ideally, what I would like to do is the following
(which follows the pattern used for adding features):
> Type Definition #1 (provided by core):
>     <typeDescription>
>       <name>com.ibm.Type</name>
>       <description></description>
>       <supertypeName>uima.cas.String</supertypeName>
>       <allowedValues>
>         <value>
>           <string>a</string>
>           <description></description>
>         </value>
>         <value>
>           <string>b</string>
>           <description></description>
>         </value>
>         <value>
>           <string>c</string>
>           <description></description>
>         </value>
>       </allowedValues>
>     </typeDescription>	    
> Type Definition #2 (extension to core):
>     <typeDescription>
>       <name>com.ibm.Type</name>
>       <description></description>
>       <supertypeName>uima.cas.String</supertypeName>
>       <allowedValues>
>         <value>
>           <string>d</string>
>           <description></description>
>         </value>
>       </allowedValues>
>     </typeDescription>
> In this case I wanted UIMA to recognize the two definitions at runtime and allow the
superset of allowedValues.  However, this does not do the trick - at runtime UIMA throws an
exception saying that value d is not an allowed value for com.ibm.Type.

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