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// Adapted from http://javatechniques.com/blog/lucene-in-memory-text-search-example
// Works with present APIs in Lucene 2.1.0

 * A simple example of an in-memory search using Lucene.
import java.io.IOException;
import java.io.StringReader;

import org.apache.lucene.search.Hits;
import org.apache.lucene.search.Query;
import org.apache.lucene.document.Field;
import org.apache.lucene.search.Searcher;
import org.apache.lucene.index.IndexWriter;
import org.apache.lucene.document.Document;
import org.apache.lucene.store.RAMDirectory;
import org.apache.lucene.search.IndexSearcher;
import org.apache.lucene.queryParser.QueryParser;
import org.apache.lucene.queryParser.ParseException;
import org.apache.lucene.analysis.standard.StandardAnalyzer;

public class InMemoryExample

  public static void main(String[] args)
    // Construct a RAMDirectory to hold the in-memory representation
    // of the index.
    RAMDirectory idx = new RAMDirectory();

      // Make an writer to create the index
      IndexWriter writer = new IndexWriter(idx, new StandardAnalyzer(), true);

      // Add some Document objects containing quotes
      writer.addDocument(createDocument("Theodore Roosevelt",
          "It behooves every man to remember that the work of the "
              + "critic, is of altogether secondary importance, and that, "
              + "in the end, progress is accomplished by the man who does "
              + "things."));
      writer.addDocument(createDocument("Friedrich Hayek",
          "The case for individual freedom rests largely on the "
              + "recognition of the inevitable and universal ignorance "
              + "of all of us concerning a great many of the factors on "
              + "which the achievements of our ends and welfare depend."));
      writer.addDocument(createDocument("Ayn Rand",
          "There is nothing to take a man’s freedom away from "
              + "him, save other men. To be free, a man must be free "
              + "of his brothers."));
      writer.addDocument(createDocument("Mohandas Gandhi",
          "Freedom is not worth having if it does not connote "
              + "freedom to err."));

      // Optimize and close the writer to finish building the index

      // Build an IndexSearcher using the in-memory index
      Searcher searcher = new IndexSearcher(idx);

      // Run some queries
      search(searcher, "freedom");
      search(searcher, "free");
      search(searcher, "progress or achievements");

    catch (IOException ioe)
      // In this example we aren’t really doing an I/O, so this
      // exception should never actually be thrown.
    catch (ParseException pe)

   * Make a Document object with an un-indexed title field and an indexed
   * content field.
  private static Document createDocument(String title, String content)
    Document doc = new Document();

    // Add the title as an unindexed field…
    doc.add(new Field("title", title, Field.Store.YES, Field.Index.NO));

    // …and the content as an indexed field. Note that indexed
    // Text fields are constructed using a Reader. Lucene can read
    // and index very large chunks of text, without storing the
    // entire content verbatim in the index. In this example we
    // can just wrap the content string in a StringReader.
    doc.add(new Field("content", new StringReader(content)));

    return doc;

   * Searches for the given string in the "content" field
  private static void search(Searcher searcher, String queryString)
      throws ParseException, IOException

    // Build a Query object
    QueryParser parser = new QueryParser("content", new StandardAnalyzer());
    Query query = parser.parse(queryString);

    // Search for the query
    Hits hits = searcher.search(query);

    // Examine the Hits object to see if there were any matches
    int hitCount = hits.length();
    if (hitCount == 0)
      System.out.println("No matches were found for \"" + queryString + "\"");
      System.out.println("Hits for \"" + queryString
          + "\" were found in quotes by:");

      // Iterate over the Documents in the Hits object
      for (int i = 0; i < hitCount; i++)
        Document doc = hits.doc(i);

        // Print the value that we stored in the "title" field. Note
        // that this Field was not indexed, but (unlike the
        // "contents" field) was stored verbatim and can be
        // retrieved.
        System.out.println(" " + (i + 1) + ". " + doc.get("title"));

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