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Leading and Trailing Wild Card Implementation Details

Equivalent to '*term*' This should be a very poor performing search and is not recommended especially when entering a phrase.


The Leading and Trailing Wild Card search has the following characteristics:

  • This search is case in-sensitive. 
  • It only searches on the property value and literal property value.  
  • A leading and trailing wild card is added to each token in the search text.
  • The literal property part (without the wild cards) of the query is boosted by 50.  This gives a literal match priority.
  • 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: hevy

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

Result: 1 result

  • entity code: Chevy
  • entity description: Chevrolet

Example 2:
Search string: hev

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

Result: 1 result

  • entity code: Chevy
  • entity description: Chevrolet

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