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From Erik Hatcher <>
Subject Re: Snowball Java EnglishStemmer: Porter or Porter2?
Date Mon, 23 May 2005 16:12:27 GMT

On May 22, 2005, at 1:53 PM, Steve Legrand wrote:

> Does the java-version of Snowball employ Porter or Porter2 stemming  
> algorithm in its EnglishStemmer available from the Lucene Sandbox?  
> If it is Porter2, I should get the word "his" indexed as "his" not  
> as "hi" as it does at the moment.

I don't know the specifics of which algorithm, but there are three  
different SnowballAnalyzer stemmers for English - "English", "Lovins"  
and "Porter.  I just ran each of the English stemmers with the  
AnalyzerDemo and got this output analyzing the string "his hiss  

   SnowballAnalyzer:  // English
     [his] [hiss] [histori]

   SnowballAnalyzer:  // Lovins
     [his] [his] [history]

   SnowballAnalyzer:  // Porter
     [hi] [hiss] [histori]

Only the "Lovins" one does what seems to be the right thing with  
"his", except that it does a bad job with words like "country" and  


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