On Fri, 25 May 2007, Hitoshi Harada wrote:


I was walking through GIN am source code these days, and found that it has
only posting lists but no positions related those.

The reason I was doing that is, to try to implement n-gram text search index
on GIN for myself. As you know Japanese is not like English or other
European languages. If you write Japanese (or other 'not separated') text
index by n-gram, it should have entry positions on the entry as well as the
posting lists, because you must know if each split query key are joined with
each other in the data. To know this, position must be there.

FYI, Tatsuo uses tsearch2 for indexing japanese documents. But I agree,
n-gram index would be more universal for asian languages.

It's not only about Japanese. When you search "phrase" for text in English,
the same logic above will be needed. I don't research about tsearch2 but is
there any problem?? Also, in some case int-array inverted index needs the
entry positions as well, I guess. Obtaining positions with posting lists is
"general" enough for GIN, isn't it?

Is there any future plan around it?

Yes, we do have plans. See our todo, http://www.sai.msu.su/~megera/wiki/todo
You may read also FTSBOOK, http://www.sai.msu.su/~megera/postgres/fts/doc
and slides from PGCon2007, 


Hitoshi Harada

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