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Contains Algorithm Implementation Details

Equivalent to ' term* ' - in other words - a trailing wildcard on a term (but no leading wild card) and the term can appear at any position. 


The contains search has the following characteristics:

  • This search is case in-sensitive. 
  • It only searches on the property value and literal property value.
  • The literal property part of the query is boosted by 50.  This gives a literal match priority.
  • A trailing wild card is added to all tokens in the search text.
  • Lowercase and special characters removed during query parser parse. 
  • Parsing is done with the following analyzers:

    • propertyValue - Uses our custom standard analyzer that has no stop words.

    • literal_propertyValue - Uses our custom literal analyzer.  This literal analyzer uses Lucene's WhitespaceTokenizer with Lucene's LowerCaseFilter.


Example of use:

The following examples are based on the Automobiles coding scheme.

Example 1:

Search string: automob

Lucene query: +propertyValue:automob* literal_propertyValue:automob^50.0

Result: 1 result

  • entity code: A0001
  • entity description: Automobile

Example 2:
Search string: General Motors

Lucene query: (+propertyValue:general* +propertyValue:motors*) ((+literal_propertyValue:general +literal_propertyValue:motors)^50.0)

Result: 1 result

  • entity code: GM
  • entity description: General Motors

Associated JUnits:

Junits for contains tests can be found here:



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