[MarkLogic Dev General] hyphens and cts:element-value-query

James Kerr James.Kerr at marklogic.com
Tue Feb 28 10:34:26 PST 2017

From Mary’s response: “Word tokens may be stemmed and punctuation and space tokens are not indexed” (emphasis my own).

The fact that punctuation and space tokens are not indexed is why you cannot do punctuation-sensitive or whitespace-sensitive, unfiltered word or value queries.

Depending on what you are trying to accomplish, custom tokenization (https://docs.marklogic.com/guide/search-dev/custom-tokenization) may be a good option for you.

On a side note, can you share what you are doing for your predicate check? By adding a check like this, you are essentially just implementing your own filtered search so it’s unclear what the benefit would be over just using the “filtered” search option.


From: <general-bounces at developer.marklogic.com> on behalf of Gary Larsen <gary.larsen at envisn.com>
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Subject: Re: [MarkLogic Dev General] hyphens and cts:element-value-query

Geert and Andreas,

Thanks for pointing out tokens vs. values that I wasn’t understanding.

Using ‘filtered’ in cts:search works, but I’ve always tried to avoid that for performance reasons.  In this case I’ve added a predicate check in the result instead.

But to Andreas’s point, it seems that ‘exact’ or ‘punctuation-sensitive’ should be able to match, or maybe I’m not understanding the documentation for cts:element-value-query.  If it did work I guess there would be extra work un-tokenizing?

I using ML version 8.0-6

Thanks for any clarification,

From: general-bounces at developer.marklogic.com [mailto:general-bounces at developer.marklogic.com] On Behalf Of Andreas Hubmer
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Subject: Re: [MarkLogic Dev General] hyphens and cts:element-value-query

Hi Geert,

As far as I know there are index entries for "exact" queries in the universal index, that include punctuation and whitespace. Thus, Gary's value queries should work unfiltered.

There is an email by Mary Holstege supporting my assumption: http://developer.marklogic.com/pipermail/general/2013-March/012552.html


2017-02-28 13:58 GMT+01:00 Geert Josten <Geert.Josten at marklogic.com<mailto:Geert.Josten at marklogic.com>>:
Hi Gary,

Sounds like you are running an unfiltered search. Either enable filtering to get rid of false positives, or switch to using element-range-query (which requires a range index). Keep in mind that value-queries don’t use range indexes (even if available), but rely on the universal index, which contains tokens, not values..


From: <general-bounces at developer.marklogic.com<mailto:general-bounces at developer.marklogic.com>> on behalf of Gary Larsen <gary.larsen at envisn.com<mailto:gary.larsen at envisn.com>>
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Date: Monday, February 27, 2017 at 10:01 PM
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Subject: [MarkLogic Dev General] hyphens and cts:element-value-query

I’m trying to get this cts query to treat hyphens as text:

cts:element-value-query(xs:QName(ename), 'value 1', ‘exact’)
cts:element-value-query(xs:QName(ename), 'value-1', ‘exact’)

Even though the ename  value-1 does not exist a match is found.


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