Faceted Search with Lucene 4

Faceted search is a technique used on several ecommerce websites and search engines to allow users to refine their search results by narrowing down the scope of their queries to a category or a sub category.

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The facet implementation in Lucene allows to categorize documents by categories and subcategories, then get the list of categories of the documents matching a query and also to drill down to a specific category or a sub category.

In this post, we are going to write three programs:

  • an indexer
  • a searcher
  • an advanced searcher that narrows down the scope to a category or subcategory

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