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1 Oracle Text SQL Statements and Operators

This chapter describes the SQL statements and Oracle Text operators for creating and managing Text indexes and performing Text queries.

The following statements are described in this chapter:


ALTER INDEX

Note:

This section describes the ALTER INDEX statement as it pertains to managing a Text domain index.

For a complete description of the ALTER INDEX statement, see Oracle Database SQL Reference.

Purpose

Use ALTER INDEX to make changes to, or perform maintenance tasks for a CONTEXT, CTXCAT, or CTXRULE index.

All Index Types

Use ALTER INDEX to perform the following tasks on all Oracle Text index types:

CONTEXT and CTXRULE Index Types

Use ALTER INDEX to perform the following tasks on CONTEXT and CTXRULE index types:

Overview of ALTER INDEX Syntax

The syntax for ALTER INDEX is fairly complex. The major divisions are covered in the following sections:

ALTER INDEX MODIFY PARTITION Syntax

Use the following syntax to modify the metadata of an index partition:

ALTER INDEX index_name MODIFY PARTITION partition_name PARAMETER (paramstring)
index_name

Specify the name of the index whose partition metadata you want to modify.

partition_name

Specify the name of the index partition whose metadata you want to modify.

paramstring

The only valid argument here is 'REPLACE METADATA'. This follows the same syntax as ALTER INDEX REBUILD PARTITION PARAMETERS ('REPLACE METADATA'); refer to the REPLACE METADATA subsection of the ALTER INDEX REBUILD Syntax section for more information. (The two commands are equivalent. ALTER INDEX MODIFY PARTITION is offered for ease of use, and is the recommended syntax.)

ALTER INDEX PARAMETERS Syntax

Use the following syntax for modifying the parameters of a either non-partitioned or local partitioned indexes, without rebuilding the index. For partitioned indexes, this command works at the index level, not at the partition level. This command changes information for the entire index, including all partitions.

ALTER INDEX index_name PARAMETERS (paramstring)
paramstring

ALTER INDEX PARAMETERS accepts the following arguments for paramstring;

  • 'REPLACE METADATA'

    Replaces current metadata. Refer to the REPLACE METADATA subsection of the ALTER INDEX REBUILD Syntax section for more information.

  • 'ADD STOPWORD'

    Dynamically adds a stopword to an index. Refer to the ADD STOPWORD subsection of the ALTER INDEX REBUILD Syntax section for more information.

  • 'ADD FIELD SECTION'

    Dynamically adds a field section to an index. Refer to the ADD FIELD subsection of the ALTER INDEX REBUILD Syntax section for more information.

  • 'ADD ZONE SECTION'

    Dynamically adds a zone section to an index. Refer to the ADD ZONE subsection of the ALTER INDEX REBUILD Syntax section for more information.

  • 'ADD ATTR SECTION'

    Dynamically adds an attribute section to an index Refer to the ADD ATTR subsection of the ALTER INDEX REBUILD Syntax section for more information.

Each of the above commands has an equivalent ALTER INDEX REBUILD PARAMETERS version. For example, ALTER INDEX PARAMETERS ('REPLACE METADATA') is equivalent to ALTER INDEX REBUILD PARAMETERS ('REPLACE METADATA'). However, the ALTER INDEX PARAMETERS versions work on either partitioned or non-partitioned indexes, whereas the ALTER INDEX REBUILD PARAMETERS versions work only on non-partitioned indexes.

ALTER INDEX RENAME Syntax

Use the following syntax to rename an index or index partition:

ALTER INDEX [schema.]index_name RENAME TO new_index_name;  

ALTER INDEX [schema.]index_name RENAME PARTITION part_name TO new_part_name;
[schema.]index_name

Specify the name of the index to rename.

new_index_name

Specify the new name for schema.index. The new_index_name parameter can be no more than 25 bytes, and 21 bytes for a partitioned index. If you specify a name longer than 25 bytes (or longer than 21 bytes for a partitioned index), then Oracle Text returns an error and the renamed index is no longer valid.

Note:

When new_index_name is more than 25 bytes (21 for local partitioned index) and less than 30 bytes, Oracle Text renames the index, even though the system returns an error. To drop the index and associated tables, you must drop new_index_name with the DROP INDEX statement and then re-create and drop index_name.
part_name

Specify the name of the index partition to rename.

new_part_name

Specify the new name for partition.

ALTER INDEX REBUILD Syntax

Use ALTER INDEX REBUILD to rebuild an index, rebuild an index partition, resume a failed operation, replace index metadata, add stopwords to an index, or add sections and stop sections to an index.

ALTER INDEX REBUILD has its own sub-syntax. That is, its parameters have their own syntax. For example, the ALTER INDEX REBUILD PARAMETERS command can take either REPLACE or RESUME as an argument, and ALTER INDEX REBUILD PARAMETERS ('REPLACE') has several arguments it can take.

Valid examples of ALTER INDEX REBUILD include the following statements:

ALTER INDEX REBUILD PARALLEL n
ALTER INDEX REBUILD PARAMETERS (SYNC memsize)
ALTER INDEX REBUILD PARAMETERS (REPLACE DATASTORE datastore_pref)
ALTER INDEX REBUILD PARAMETERS (REPLACE WORDLIST wordlist_pref)

This is the syntax for ALTER INDEX REBUILD:

ALTER INDEX [schema.]index REBUILD [PARTITION partname] [ONLINE] [PARAMETERS
(paramstring)][PARALLEL N] ;
PARTITION partname

Rebuilds the index partition partname. Only one index partition can be built at a time.

When you rebuild a partition you can specify only RESUME or REPLACE in paramstring. These operations work only on the partname you specify.

With the REPLACE operation, you can only specify MEMORY and STORAGE for each index partition.

Adding Partitions To add a partition to the base table, use the ALTER TABLE SQL statement. When you add a partition to an indexed table, Oracle Text automatically creates the metadata for the new index partition. The new index partition has the same name as the new table partition. Change the index partition name with ALTER INDEX RENAME.

Splitting or Merging Partitions Splitting or merging a table partition with ALTER TABLE renders the index partition(s) invalid. You must rebuild them with ALTER INDEX REBUILD.

[ONLINE]

ONLINE enables you to continue to perform updates, inserts, and deletes on a base table. It does not enable you to query the base table.

Note:

You can specify REPLACE or RESUME when rebuilding an index or an index partition ONLINE.
PARAMETERS (paramstring)

Optionally specify paramstring. If you do not specify paramstring, then Oracle Text rebuilds the index with existing preference settings.

The syntax for paramstring is as follows:

paramstring = 
'REPLACE 
     [DATASTORE datastore_pref] 
     [FILTER filter_pref] 
     [LEXER lexer_pref] 
     [WORDLIST wordlist_pref] 
     [STORAGE storage_pref] 
     [STOPLIST stoplist] 
     [SECTION GROUP section_group]
     [MEMORY memsize
     [[POPULATE | NOPOPULATE]
     [INDEX SET index_set]
 
     [METADATA preference new_preference]
     [[METADATA] SYNC (MANUAL | EVERY "interval-string" | ON COMMIT)]
     [[METADATA] TRANSACTIONAL|NONTRANSACTIONAL

| RESUME [memory memsize]
| OPTIMIZE [token index_token | fast | full [maxtime (time | unlimited)]
| SYNC [memory memsize]
| ADD STOPWORD word [language language]
| ADD ZONE SECTION section_name tag tag
| ADD FIELD SECTION section_name tag tag [(VISIBLE | INVISIBLE)]
| ADD ATTR SECTION section_name tag tag@attr
| ADD STOP SECTION tag'
REPLACE [optional_preference_list]

Rebuilds an index. You can optionally specify preferences: your own or system-defined.

You can only replace preferences that are supported for that index type. For instance, you cannot replace index set for a CONTEXT or CTXRULE index. Similarly, for the CTXCAT index type, you can replace lexer, wordlist, storage index set, and memory preferences.

POPULATE is the default and does not need to be specified. If you want to empty the index of its contents, then specify NOPOPULATE. Clear an index of its contents when you need to rebuild your index incrementally. The NOPOPULATE choice is available for a specific partition of the index, and not just for the entire index.

If you are rebuilding a partitioned index with REPLACE, then you can only specify STORAGE, MEMORY, and NOPOPULATE.

See Also:

Chapter 2, "Oracle Text Indexing Elements" for more information about creating and setting preferences, including information about system-defined preferences.
REPLACE METADATA preference new_preference

Replaces the existing preference class settings, including SYNC parameters, of the index with the settings from new_preference. Only index preferences and attributes are replaced. The index is not rebuilt.

This command is useful for when you want to replace a preference and its attribute settings after the index is built, without reindexing all data. Reindexing data can require significant time and computing resources.

This command is also useful for changing the type of SYNC, which can be automatic, manual, or on-commit.

ALTER INDEX REBUILD PARAMETER ('REPLACE METADATA') does not work for a local partitioned index at the global level for the index. You cannot, for example, use this syntax to change a global preference, such as filter or lexer type, without rebuilding the index. Use ALTER INDEX PARAMETERS instead to change the metadata of an index at the global level, including all partitions. Refer to "ALTER INDEX PARAMETERS Syntax".

When should I use the METADATA keyword? REPLACE METADATA should be used only when the change in index metadata will not lead to an inconsistent index, which can lead to incorrect query results.

For example, use this command in the following instances:

These changes are safe and will not lead to an inconsistent index that might adversely affect your query results

Caution:

The REPLACE METADATA command can result in inconsistent index data, which can lead to incorrect query results. As such, Oracle does not recommend using this command, unless you carefully consider the effect it will have on the consistency of your index data and subsequent queries.

There can be many instances when changing metadata can result in inconsistent index data. For example, Oracle recommends against using the METADATA keyword after doing the following procedures:

  • Changing the USER_DATASTORE procedure to a new PL/SQL stored procedure that has different output.

  • Changing the BASIC_WORDLIST attribute PREFIX_INDEX from NO to YES because no prefixes have been generated for already-existing documents. Changing it from YES to NO is safe.

  • Adding or changing BASIC_LEXER printjoin and skipjoin characters, because new queries with these characters would be lexed differently from how these characters were lexed at index time.

In these unsafe cases, Oracle recommends rebuilding the index.

REPLACE [METADATA] SYNC (MANUAL | EVERY "interval-string" | ON COMMIT)

Specify SYNC for automatic synchronization of the CONTEXT index when a DML change has occurred to the base table. You can specify one of the SYNC methods shown in Table 1-1, "ALTER INDEX Sync Methods".

Table 1-1 ALTER INDEX Sync Methods

Sync Type Description

MANUAL

No automatic synchronization. This is the default. You must manually synchronize the index with CTX_DDL.SYNC_INDEX.

Use MANUAL to disable ON COMMIT and EVERY synchronization.

EVERY interval-string

Automatically synchronize the index at a regular interval specified by the value of interval-string. interval-string takes the same syntax as that for scheduler jobs. Automatic synchronization using EVERY requires that the index creator have CREATE JOB privileges.

Make sure that interval-string is set to a long enough period so that any previous sync jobs will have completed. Otherwise, the sync job may hang. interval-string must be enclosed in double quotes ('' '').

See Enabling Automatic Index Synchronization for an example of automatic sync syntax.

ON COMMIT

Synchronize the index immediately after a commit. The commit does not return until the sync is complete. (Because the synchronization is performed as a separate transaction, there may be a time period, usually small, when the data is committed but index changes are not.)

The operation uses the memory specified with the memory parameter.

Note that the sync operation has its own transaction context. If this operation fails, the data transaction still commits. Index synchronization errors are logged in the CTX_USER_INDEX_ERRORS view. See Viewing Index Errors under CREATE INDEX.

See Enabling Automatic Index Synchronization for an example of ON COMMIT syntax.


Each partition of a locally partitioned index can have its own type of sync: (ON COMMIT, EVERY, or MANUAL). The type of sync specified in master parameter strings applies to all index partitions unless a partition specifies its own type.

With automatic (EVERY) synchronization, you can specify memory size and parallel synchronization. The syntax is:

... EVERY interval_string MEMORY mem_size PARALLEL paradegree ...

ON COMMIT synchronizations can only be executed serially and at the same memory size as what was specified at index creation.

Note:

This command rebuilds the index. When you want to change the SYNC setting without rebuilding the index, use the REBUILD REPLACE METADATA SYNC (MANUAL | ON COMMIT) operation.
REPLACE [METADATA] TRANSACTIONAL | NONTRANSACTIONAL

This parameter enables you to turn the TRANSACTIONAL property on or off. For more information, see "TRANSACTIONAL".

Using this parameter only succeeds if there are no rows in the DML pending queue. Therefore, you may need to sync the index before issuing this command.

To turn on the TRANSACTIONAL index property:

ALTER INDEX myidx REBUILD PARAMETERS('replace metadata transactional');

or

ALTER INDEX myidx REBUILD PARAMETERS('replace  transactional');

To turn off the TRANSACTIONAL index property:

ALTER INDEX myidx REBUILD PARAMETERS('replace metadata nontransactional');

or

ALTER INDEX myidx REBUILD PARAMETERS('replace  nontransactional');
RESUME [MEMORY memsize]

Resumes a failed index operation. You can optionally specify the amount of memory to use with memsize.

Note:

This ALTER INDEX operation applies only to CONTEXT and CTXRULE indexes. It does not apply to CTXCAT indexes.
OPTIMIZE [token index_token | fast | full [maxtime (time | unlimited)]

Note:

This ALTER INDEX operation will not be supported in future releases.

To optimize your index, use CTX_DDL.OPTIMIZE_INDEX.

Optimizes the index. Specify token, fast, or full optimization. You typically optimize after you synchronize the index.

When you optimize in token mode, Oracle Text optimizes only index_token. Use this method of optimization to quickly optimize index information for specific words.

When you optimize in fast mode, Oracle Text works on the entire index, compacting fragmented rows. However, in fast mode, old data is not removed.

When you optimize in full mode, you can optimize the whole index or a portion. This method compacts rows and removes old data (deleted rows).

Note:

Optimizing in full mode runs even when there are no deleted document rows. This is useful when you need to optimize time-limited batches with the maxtime parameter.

Use the maxtime parameter to specify in minutes the time Oracle Text is to spend on the optimization operation. Oracle Text starts the optimization where it left off and optimizes until complete or until the time limit has been reached, whichever comes first. Specifying a time limit is useful for automating index optimization, where you set Oracle Text to optimize the index for a specified time on a regular basis.

When you specify maxtime unlimited, the entire index is optimized. This is the default. When you specify 0 for maxtime, Oracle Text performs minimal optimization.

Log the progress of optimization by writing periodic progress updates to the CTX_OUTPUT log. An event for CTX_OUTPUT.ADD_EVENT, called CTX_OUTPUT.EVENT_OPT_PRINT_TOKEN, prints each token as it is being optimized.

Note:

This ALTER INDEX operation applies only to CONTEXT and CTXRULE indexes. It does not apply to CTXCAT indexes.
SYNC [MEMORY memsize

Note:

This ALTER INDEX operation will not be supported in future releases.

To synchronize your index, use CTX_DDL.SYNC_INDEX.

Synchronizes the index. You can optionally specify the amount of runtime memory to use with memsize. Synchronize the index when you have DML operations on your base table.

Note:

This ALTER INDEX operation applies only to CONTEXT and CTXRULE indexes. It does not apply to CTXCAT indexes.

Memory Considerations The memory parameter memsize specifies the amount of memory Oracle Text uses for the ALTER INDEX operation before flushing the index to disk. Specifying a large amount of memory improves indexing performance because there is less I/O and improves query performance and maintenance because there is less fragmentation.

Specifying smaller amounts of memory increases disk I/O and index fragmentation, but might be useful if you want to track indexing progress or when run-time memory is scarce.

ADD STOPWORD word [language language]

Dynamically adds a stopword word to the index.

Index entries for word that existed before this operation are not deleted. However, subsequent queries on word are treated as though it has always been a stopword.

When your stoplist is a multi-language stoplist, you must specify language.

The index is not rebuilt by this statement.

ADD ZONE SECTION section_name tag tag

Dynamically adds the zone section section_name identified by tag to the existing index.

The added section section_name applies only to documents indexed after this operation. For the change to take effect, you must manually re-index any existing documents that contain the tag.

The index is not rebuilt by this statement.

Note:

This ALTER INDEX operation applies only to CONTEXT and CTXRULE indexes. It does not apply to ctxcat indexes.

See Also:

"Notes"
ADD FIELD SECTION section_name tag tag [(VISIBLE | INVISIBLE)]

Dynamically adds the field section section_name identified by tag to the existing index.

Optionally specify VISIBLE to make the field sections visible. The default is INVISIBLE.

See Also:

CTX_DDL.ADD_FIELD_SECTION for more information on visible and invisible field sections.

The added section section_name applies only to documents indexed after this operation. For the change to affect previously indexed documents, you must explicitly re-index the documents that contain the tag.

This statement does not rebuild the index.

Note:

This ALTER INDEX operation applies only to CONTEXT CTXRULE indexes. It does not apply to CTXCAT indexes.

See Also:

"Notes".
ADD ATTR SECTION section_name tag tag@attr

Dynamically adds an attribute section section_name to the existing index. You must specify the XML tag and attribute in the form tag@attr. You can add attribute sections only to XML section groups.

The added section section_name applies only to documents indexed after this operation. Thus for the change to take effect, you must manually re-index any existing documents that contain the tag.

The index is not rebuilt by this statement.

Note:

This ALTER INDEX operation applies only to CONTEXT CTXRULE indexes. It does not apply to CTXCAT indexes.

See Also:

"Notes".
ADD STOP SECTION tag

Dynamically adds the stop section identified by tag to the existing index. As stop sections apply only to automatic sectioning of XML documents, the index must use the AUTO_SECTION_GROUP section group. The tag you specify must be case sensitive and unique within the automatic section group or else ALTER INDEX raises an error.

The added stop section tag applies only to documents indexed after this operation. For the change to affect previously indexed documents, you must explicitly re-index the documents that contain the tag.

The text within a stop section is always searchable.

The number of stop sections you can add is unlimited.

The index is not rebuilt by this statement.

See Also:

"Notes"

Note:

This ALTER INDEX operation applies only to CONTEXT indexes. It does not apply to CTXCAT indexes.
PARALLEL n

Optionally specify with n the parallel degree for parallel indexing. This parameter is supported only when you use SYNC, REPLACE, and RESUME in paramstring. The actual degree of parallelism might be smaller depending on your resources.

Parallel indexing can speed up indexing when you have large amounts of data to index and when your operating system supports multiple CPUs.

ALTER INDEX Examples

Resuming Failed Index

The following statement resumes the indexing operation on newsindex with 2 megabytes of memory:

ALTER INDEX newsindex REBUILD PARAMETERS('resume memory 2M');

Rebuilding an Index

The following statement rebuilds the index, replacing the stoplist preference with new_stop.

ALTER INDEX newsindex REBUILD PARAMETERS('replace stoplist new_stop');

Rebuilding a Partitioned Index

The following example creates a partitioned text table, populates it, and creates a partitioned index. It then adds a new partition to the table and then rebuilds the index with ALTER INDEX as follows:

PROMPT create partitioned table and populate it

create table part_tab (a int, b varchar2(40)) partition by range(a)
(partition p_tab1 values less than (10),
 partition p_tab2 values less than (20),
 partition p_tab3 values less than (30));

insert into part_tab values (1,'Actinidia deliciosa');
insert into part_tab values (8,'Distictis buccinatoria');
insert into part_tab values (12,'Actinidia quinata');
insert into part_tab values (18,'Distictis Rivers');
insert into part_tab values (21,'pandorea jasminoides Lady Di');
insert into part_tab values (28,'pandorea rosea');

commit;

PROMPT create partitioned index
create index part_idx on part_tab(b) indextype is ctxsys.context
local (partition p_idx1, partition p_idx2, partition p_idx3);
PROMPT add a partition and populate it
alter table part_tab add partition p_tab4 values less than (40);
insert into part_tab values (32, 'passiflora citrina');
insert into part_tab values (33, 'passiflora alatocaerulea');
commit;

The following statement rebuilds the index in the newly populated partition. In general, the index partition name for a newly added partition is the same as the table partition name, unless the name has already been used. In this case, Oracle Text generates a new name.

alter index part_idx rebuild partition p_tab4;

The following statement queries the table for the two hits in the newly added partition:

select * from part_tab where contains(b,'passiflora') >0;

The following statement queries the newly added partition directly:

select * from part_tab partition (p_tab4) where contains(b,'passiflora') >0;

Replacing Index Metadata: Changing Single-lexer to Multi-lexer

The following example demonstrates how an application can migrate from single-language documents (English) to multi-language documents (English and Spanish) by replacing the index metadata for the lexer.

REM create a simple table, which stores only english (American) text

create table simple (text varchar2(80));
insert into simple values ('the quick brown fox');
commit;

REM we'll create a simple lexer to lex this english text

begin
  ctx_ddl.create_preference('us_lexer','basic_lexer');
end;
/

REM create a text index on the simple table
create index simple_idx on simple(text)
indextype is ctxsys.context parameters ('lexer us_lexer');

REM we can query easily
select * from simple where contains(text, 'fox')>0;

REM now suppose we want to start accepting spanish documents.
REM first we have to extend the table with a language column
alter table simple add (lang varchar2(10) default 'us');

REM now let's create a spanish lexer, 
begin
  ctx_ddl.create_preference('e_lexer','basic_lexer');
  ctx_ddl.set_attribute('e_lexer','base_letter','yes');
end;
/
REM Then we create a multi-lexer incorporating our english and spanish lexers. 
REM Note that the DEFAULT lexer is the exact same lexer that we have already
REM indexed all the documents with.
begin
  ctx_ddl.create_preference('m_lexer','multi_lexer');
  ctx_ddl.add_sub_lexer('m_lexer','default','us_lexer');
  ctx_ddl.add_sub_lexer('m_lexer','spanish','e_lexer');
end;
/
REM now let's replace our metadata
alter index simple_idx rebuild 
parameters ('replace metadata language column lang lexer m_lexer');

REM we're ready for some spanish data.  Note that we could have inserted
REM this BEFORE the alter index, as long as we didn't SYNC.
insert into simple values ('el zorro marrón rápido', 'e');
commit;
exec ctx_ddl.sync_index('simple_idx');
REM now we can query the spanish data with base lettering:
select * from simple where contains(text, 'rapido')>0;

Optimizing the Index

To optimize your index, use CTX_DDL.OPTIMIZE_INDEX.

Synchronizing the Index

To synchronize your index, use CTX_DDL.SYNC_INDEX.

Adding a Zone Section

To add to the index the zone section author identified by the tag <author>, enter the following statement:

ALTER INDEX myindex REBUILD PARAMETERS('add zone section author tag author');

Adding a Stop Section

To add a stop section identified by tag <fluff> to the index that uses the AUTO_SECTION_GROUP, enter the following statement:

ALTER INDEX myindex REBUILD PARAMETERS('add stop section fluff');

Adding an Attribute Section

Assume that the following text appears in an XML document:

<book title="Tale of Two Cities">It was the best of times.</book>

and that you want to create a separate section for the title attribute and you want to name the new attribute section booktitle. To do so, enter the following statement:

ALTER INDEX myindex REBUILD PARAMETERS('add attr section booktitle tag
title@book');

Using Flashback Queries

If a Text query is flashed back to a point before an ALTER INDEX statement was issued on the Text index for which the query is being run, then:

To work around this issue, use the DBMS_FLASHBACK package. For example:

EXEC dbms_flashback.enable_at_system_change_number(:scn);
SELECT id from documents WHERE CONTAINS(text, 'oracle')>0;
EXEC dbms_flashback.disable;

Note:

In previous releases, flashback Text queries using AS OF predicates with Text operators such as CONTAINS and CATSEARCH are not supported.

See Also:

"Using DBMS_FLASHBACK Package" in Oracle Database Application Developer's Guide - Fundamentals

Notes

Add Section Constraints

Before altering the index section information, Oracle Text checks the new section against the existing sections to ensure that all validity constraints are met. These constraints are the same for adding a section to a section group with the CTX_DDL PL/SQL package and are as follows:

Related Topics

CTX_DDL.SYNC_INDEX in Chapter 7, "CTX_DDL Package"

CTX_DDL.OPTIMIZE_INDEX in Chapter 7, "CTX_DDL Package"

CREATE INDEX


ALTER TABLE: Supported Partitioning Statements

Note:

This section describes the ALTER TABLE statement as it pertains to adding and modifying a partitioned text table with a context domain index.

For a complete description of the ALTER TABLE statement, see Oracle Database SQL Reference.

Purpose

Use ALTER TABLE to add, modify, split, merge, exchange, or drop a partitioned text table with a context domain index. The following sections describe some of the ALTER TABLE operations.

Modify Partition Syntax

Unusable Local Indexes

ALTER TABLE  [schema.]table MODIFY PARTITION partition UNUSABLE LOCAL INDEXES

Marks the index partition corresponding to the given table partition UNUSABLE. You might mark an index partition unusable before you rebuild the index partition as described in Rebuild Unusable Local Indexes.

If the index partition is not marked unusable, then the rebuild command returns without actually rebuilding the local index partition.

Rebuild Unusable Local Indexes

ALTER TABLE  [schema.]table MODIFY PARTITION partition REBUILD UNUSABLE LOCAL
INDEXES

Rebuilds the index partition corresponding to the specified table partition that has an UNUSABLE status.

Note:

If the index partition status is already VALID before you enter this command, then this command does not rebuild the index partition. Do not depend on this command to rebuild the index partition unless the index partition status is UNUSABLE.

Add Partition Syntax

ALTER TABLE [schema.]table ADD PARTITION [partition] 
VALUES LESS THAN (value_list) [partition_description]

Adds a new partition to the high end of a range partitioned table.

To add a partition to the beginning or to the middle of the table, use ALTER TABLE SPLIT PARTITION.

The newly added table partition is always empty, and the context domain index (if any) status for this partition is always VALID. After doing DML, if you want to synchronize or optimize this newly added index partition, then you must look up the index partition name and enter the ALTER INDEX REBUILD PARTITION statement. For this newly added partition, index partition name is usually the same as the table partition name, but if the table partition name is already used by another index partition, the system assigns a name in the form of SYS_Pn.

By querying the USER_IND_PARTITIONS view and comparing the HIGH_VALUE field, you can determine the index partition name for the newly added partition.

Merge Partition Syntax

ALTER TABLE [schema.]table 
MERGE PARTITIONS partition1, partition2 
[INTO PARTITION [new_partition] [partition_description]]
[UPDATE GLOBAL INDEXES]

Applies only to a range partition. This command merges the contents of two adjacent partitions into a new partition and then drops the original two partitions. If the resulting partition is non-empty, then the corresponding local domain index partition is marked UNUSABLE. You can use ALTER TABLE MODIFY PARTITION to rebuild the partition index.

For a global, non-partitioned index, if you perform the merge operation without an UPDATE GLOBAL INDEXES clause, then the resulting index (if not NULL) will be invalid and must be rebuilt. If you specify the UPDATE GLOBAL INDEXES clause after the operation and the sync type is manual, then the index will be valid, but you will still need to synchronize the index with CTX_DDL.SYNC_INDEX for the update to take place.

The naming convention for the resulting index partition is the same as in ALTER TABLE ADD PARTITION.

Split Partition Syntax

ALTER TABLE [schema.]table
SPLIT PARTITION partition_name_old 
AT (value_list)
[into (partition_description, partition_description)]
[prallel_clause]
[UPDATE GLOBAL INDEXES]

Applies only to range partition. This command divides a table partition into two partitions, thus adding a new partition to the table. The local corresponding index partitions will be marked UNUSABLE if the corresponding table partitions are non-empty. Use ALTER TABLE MODIFY PARTITION to rebuild the partition indexes.

For a global, non-partitioned index, if you perform the split operation without an UPDATE GLOBAL INDEXES clause, then the resulting index (if not NULL) will be invalid and must be rebuilt. If you specify the UPDATE GLOBAL INDEXES clause after the operation and the sync type is manual, then the index will be valid, but you will still need to synchronize the index with CTX_DDL.SYNC_INDEX for the update to take place.

The naming convention for the two resulting index partition is the same as in ALTER TABLE ADD PARTITION.

Exchange Partition Syntax

ALTER TABLE [schema.]table EXCHANGE PARTITION partition WITH TABLE table
[INCLUDING|EXCLUDING INDEXES}
[WITH|WITHOUT VALIDATION]
[EXCEPTIONS INTO [schema.]table]
[UPDATE GLOBAL INDEXES]

Converts a partition to a non-partitioned table, and converts a table to a partition of a partitioned table by exchanging their data segments. Rowids are preserved.

If EXCLUDING INDEXES is specified, all the context indexes corresponding to the partition and all the indexes on the exchanged table are marked as UNUSABLE. To rebuild the new index partition in this case, enter ALTER TABLE MODIFY PARTITION.

If INCLUDING INDEXES is specified, then for every local domain index on the partitioned table, there must be a non-partitioned domain index on the non-partitioned table. The local index partitions are exchanged with the corresponding regular indexes.

For a global, non-partitioned index, if you perform the exchange operation without an UPDATE GLOBAL INDEXES clause, then the resulting index (if not NULL) will be invalid and must be rebuilt. If you specify the UPDATE GLOBAL INDEXES clause after the operation and the sync type is manual, then the index will be valid, but you will still need to synchronize the index with CTX_DDL.SYNC_INDEX for the update to take place.

Field Sections

Field section queries might not work the same if the non-partitioned index and local index use different section IDs for the same field section.

Storage

Storage is not changed. So if the index on the non-partitioned table $I table was in tablespace XYZ, then after the exchange partition, it will still be in tablespace XYZ, but now it is the $I table for an index partition.

Storage preferences are not switched, so if you switch and then rebuild the index, then the table may be created in a different location.

Restrictions

Both indexes must be equivalent. They must use the same objects and the same settings for each object. Note that Oracle Text only checks that the indexes are using the same object. But they should use the same exact everything.

No index object can be partitioned, that is, when the user has used the storage object to partition the $I, $N tables.

If either index or index partition does not meet all these restrictions an error is raised and both the index and index partition will be INVALID. The user needs to manually rebuild both index and index partition using ALTER INDEX REBUILD.

Truncate Partition Syntax

ALTER TABLE [schema.]table TRUNCATE PARTITION [DROP|REUSE STORAGE] [UPDATE GLOBAL
INDEXES]

Removes all rows from a partition in a table. Corresponding CONTEXT index partitions are also removed.

For a global, non-partitioned index, if you perform the truncate operation without an UPDATE GLOBAL INDEXES clause, then the resulting index (if not NULL) will be invalid and must be rebuilt. If you specify the UPDATE GLOBAL INDEXES clause after the operation, the index will be valid.

ALTER TABLE Examples

Global Index on Partitioned Table Examples

The following example creates a range-partitioned table with three partitions. Each partition is populated with two rows. A global, non-partitioned CONTEXT index is then created. To demonstrate the UPDATE GLOBAL INDEXES clause, the partitions are split and merged with an index synchronization.

create table tdrexglb_part(a int, b varchar2(40)) partition by range(a)
(partition p1 values less than (10),
 partition p2 values less than (20),
 partition p3 values less than (30));

insert into tdrexglb_part values (1,'row1');
insert into tdrexglb_part values (8,'row2');
insert into tdrexglb_part values (11,'row11');
insert into tdrexglb_part values (18,'row18');
insert into tdrexglb_part values (21,'row21');
insert into tdrexglb_part values (28,'row28');

commit;
create index tdrexglb_parti on tdrexglb_part(b) indextype is ctxsys.context;

create table tdrexglb(a int, b varchar2(40));

insert into tdrexglb values(20,'newrow20');
commit;


PROMPT make sure query works
select * from tdrexglb_part where contains(b,'row18') >0;

PROMPT split partition
alter table tdrexglb_part split partition p2 at (15) into
(partition p21, partition p22) update global indexes;

PROMPT before sync
select * from tdrexglb_part where contains(b,'row11') >0;
select * from tdrexglb_part where contains(b,'row18') >0;

exec ctx_ddl.sync_index('tdrexglb_parti')

PROMPT after sync
select * from tdrexglb_part where contains(b,'row11') >0;
select * from tdrexglb_part where contains(b,'row18') >0;

PROMPT merge partition
alter table tdrexglb_part merge partitions p22, p3 
into partition pnew3 update global indexes;

PROMPT before sync
select * from tdrexglb_part where contains(b,'row18') >0;
select * from tdrexglb_part where contains(b,'row28') >0;
exec ctx_ddl.sync_index('tdrexglb_parti');

PROMPT after sync
select * from tdrexglb_part where contains(b,'row18') >0;
select * from tdrexglb_part where contains(b,'row28') >0;

PROMPT drop partition 
alter table tdrexglb_part drop partition p1 update global indexes;

PROMPT before sync
select * from tdrexglb_part where contains(b,'row1') >0;
exec ctx_ddl.sync_index('tdrexglb_parti');

PROMPT after sync
select * from tdrexglb_part where contains(b,'row1') >0;

PROMPT exchange partition
alter table tdrexglb_part exchange partition pnew3 with table
tdrexglb update global indexes;

PROMPT before sync
select * from tdrexglb_part where contains(b,'newrow20') >0;
select * from tdrexglb_part where contains(b,'row28') >0;

exec ctx_ddl.sync_index('tdrexglb_parti');
PROMPT after sync
select * from tdrexglb_part where contains(b,'newrow20') >0;
select * from tdrexglb_part where contains(b,'row28') >0;

PROMPT move table partition
alter table tdrexglb_part move partition p21 update global indexes;
PROMPT before sync
select * from tdrexglb_part where contains(b,'row11') >0;

exec ctx_ddl.sync_index('tdrexglb_parti');
PROMPT after sync
select * from tdrexglb_part where contains(b,'row11') >0;

PROMPT truncate table partition
alter table tdrexglb_part truncate partition p21 update global indexes;

update global indexes;

CATSEARCH

Use the CATSEARCH operator to search CTXCAT indexes. Use this operator in the WHERE clause of a SELECT statement.

The CATSEARCH operator also supports database links. You can identify a remote table or materialized view by appending @dblink to the end of its name. The dblink must be a complete or partial name for a database link to the database containing the remote table or materialized view. (Indexing of remote views is not supported.)

The grammar of this operator is called CTXCAT. You can also use the CONTEXT grammar if your search criteria requires special functionality, such as thesaurus, fuzzy matching, proximity searching or stemming. To utilize the CONTEXT grammar, use the Query Template Specification in the text_query parameter as described in this section.

About Performance

Use the CATSEARCH operator with a CTXCAT index mainly to improve mixed query performance. Specify your text query condition with text_query and your structured condition with structured_query.

Internally, Oracle Text uses a combined b-tree index on text and structured columns to quickly produce results satisfying the query.

Limitations

If the optimizer chooses to use the functional query invocation, then your query will fail. The optimizer might choose functional invocation when your structured clause is highly selective.

The structured_query argument of the CATSEARCH operator must reference columns used during CREATE INDEX sets; otherwise, error DRG-10845 will be raised. For example, the error will be raised if you issue a CATSEARCH query on a view created on top of a table with CTXCAT index on it, and the name of the logical column on the view is different from the actual column name on the physical table. The columns referenced by the structured_query argument of CATSEARCH operator must be the physical column name used during CREATE INDEX sets, not the logical column on the view.

Syntax

CATSEARCH(
[schema.]column,
text_query       [VARCHAR2|CLOB],
structured_query VARCHAR2,
RETURN NUMBER;
[schema.]column

Specify the text column to be searched on. This column must have a CTXCAT index associated with it.

text_query

Specify one of the following to define your search in column.

CATSEARCH query operations

The CATSEARCH operator supports only the following query operations:

The following table provides the syntax for these operators.

Table 1-2 CATSEARCH Query Operators

Operation Syntax Description of Operation

Logical AND

a b c

Returns rows that contain a, b and c.

Logical OR

a | b | c

Returns rows that contain a, b, or c.

Logical NOT

a - b

Returns rows that contain a and not b.

Hyphen with no space

a-b

Hyphen treated as a regular character.

For example, if the hyphen is defined as skipjoin, words such as web-site are treated as the single query term website.

Likewise, if the hyphen is defined as a printjoin, words such as web-site are treated as web-site in the CTXCAT query language.

" "

"a b c"

Returns rows that contain the phrase "a b c".

For example, entering "Sony CD Player" means return all rows that contain this sequence of words.

( )

(A B) | C

Parentheses group operations. This query is equivalent to the CONTAINS query (A &B) | C.

Wildcard

(right and double truncated)

term*

a*b

The wildcard character matches zero or more characters.

For example, do* matches dog, and gl*s matches glass.

Left truncation not supported.

Note: Oracle recommends that you create a prefix index if your application uses wildcard searching. Set prefix indexing with the BASIC_WORDLIST preference.


The following limitations apply to these operators:

For example, these expressions are supported:

catsearch(text, 'dog', 'foo > 15')
catsearch(text, 'dog', 'bar = ''SMITH''')
catsearch(text, 'dog', 'foo between 1 and 15')
catsearch(text, 'dog', 'foo = 1 and abc = 123')
catsearch@remote(text, 'dog', 'foo = 1 and abc = 123')

And these expressions are not supported:

catsearch(text, 'dog', 'upper(bar) = ''A''')
catsearch(text, 'dog', 'bar LIKE ''A%''')
catsearch(text, 'dog', 'foo = abc')
catsearch(text, 'dog', 'foo = 1 or abc = 3')

Query Template Specification

Specify a marked-up string that specifies a query template. Specify one of the following templates:

structured_query

Specify the structured conditions and the ORDER BY clause. There must exist an index for any column you specify. For example, if you specify 'category_id=1 order by bid_close', you must have an index for 'category_id, bid_close' as specified with CTX_DDL.ADD_INDEX.

With structured_query, you can use standard SQL syntax with only the following operators:

Examples

  1. Create the Table

The following statement creates the table to be indexed.

CREATE TABLE auction (category_id number primary key, title varchar2(20), 
bid_close date);

The following table inserts the values into the table:

INSERT INTO auction values(1, 'Sony CD Player', '20-FEB-2000');
INSERT INTO auction values(2, 'Sony CD Player', '24-FEB-2000');
INSERT INTO auction values(3, 'Pioneer DVD Player', '25-FEB-2000');
INSERT INTO auction values(4, 'Sony CD Player', '25-FEB-2000');
INSERT INTO auction values(5, 'Bose Speaker', '22-FEB-2000');
INSERT INTO auction values(6, 'Tascam CD Burner', '25-FEB-2000');
INSERT INTO auction values(7, 'Nikon digital camera', '22-FEB-2000');
INSERT INTO auction values(8, 'Canon digital camera', '26-FEB-2000');
  1. Create the CTXCAT Index

The following statements create the CTXCAT index:

begin
ctx_ddl.create_index_set('auction_iset');
ctx_ddl.add_index('auction_iset','bid_close'); 
end;
/
CREATE INDEX auction_titlex ON auction(title) INDEXTYPE IS CTXSYS.CTXCAT
PARAMETERS ('index set auction_iset');
  1. Query the Table

A typical query with CATSEARCH might include a structured clause as follows to find all rows that contain the word camera ordered by bid_close:

SELECT * FROM auction WHERE CATSEARCH(title, 'camera', 'order by bid_close desc')>
0;

CATEGORY_ID TITLE                BID_CLOSE
----------- -------------------- ---------
          8 Canon digital camera 26-FEB-00
          7 Nikon digital camera 22-FEB-00

The following query finds all rows that contain the phrase Sony CD Player and that have a bid close date of February 20, 2000:

SELECT * FROM auction WHERE CATSEARCH(title, '"Sony CD Player"',
'bid_close=''20-FEB-00''')> 0;

CATEGORY_ID TITLE                BID_CLOSE
----------- -------------------- ---------
          1 Sony CD Player       20-FEB-00

The following query finds all rows with the terms Sony and CD and Player:

SELECT * FROM auction WHERE CATSEARCH(title, 'Sony CD Player', 'order by bid_close
desc')> 0;
CATEGORY_ID TITLE                BID_CLOSE
----------- -------------------- ---------
          4 Sony CD Player       25-FEB-00
          2 Sony CD Player       24-FEB-00
          1 Sony CD Player       20-FEB-00

The following query finds all rows with the term CD and not Player:

SELECT * FROM auction WHERE CATSEARCH(title, 'CD - Player', 'order by bid_close
desc')> 0;

CATEGORY_ID TITLE                BID_CLOSE
----------- -------------------- ---------
          6 Tascam CD Burner     25-FEB-00

The following query finds all rows with the terms CD or DVD or Speaker:

SELECT * FROM auction WHERE CATSEARCH(title, 'CD | DVD | Speaker', 'order by
bid_close desc')> 0;

CATEGORY_ID TITLE                BID_CLOSE
----------- -------------------- ---------
          3 Pioneer DVD Player   25-FEB-00
          4 Sony CD Player       25-FEB-00
          6 Tascam CD Burner     25-FEB-00
          2 Sony CD Player       24-FEB-00
          5 Bose Speaker         22-FEB-00
          1 Sony CD Player       20-FEB-00

The following query finds all rows that are about audio equipment:

SELECT * FROM auction WHERE CATSEARCH(title, 'ABOUT(audio equipment)', NULL)> 0;

CONTEXT Query Grammar Examples

The following examples show how to specify the CONTEXT grammar in CATSEARCH queries using the template feature.

PROMPT
PROMPT fuzzy: query = ?test
PROMPT should match all fuzzy variations of test (for example, text)
select pk||' ==> '||text from test 
where catsearch(text,
'<query> 
  <textquery grammar="context">
     ?test
  </textquery>
</query>','')>0
order by pk; 

PROMPT
PROMPT fuzzy: query = !sail
PROMPT should match all soundex variations of bot (for example, sell)
select pk||' ==> '||text from test 
where catsearch(text,
'<query> 
  <textquery grammar="context">
     !sail
  </textquery>
</query>','')>0
order by pk; 

PROMPT
PROMPT theme (ABOUT) query
PROMPT query: about(California)
select pk||' ==> '||text from test 
where catsearch(text,
'<query> 
  <textquery grammar="context">
     about(California)
  </textquery>
</query>','')>0
order by pk; 

The following example shows a field section search against a CTXCAT index using CONTEXT grammar by means of a query template in a CATSEARCH query.

-- Create and populate table
create table BOOKS (ID number, INFO varchar2(200), PUBDATE DATE);
 
insert into BOOKS values(1, '<author>NOAM CHOMSKY</author><subject>CIVIL
   RIGHTS</subject><language>ENGLISH</language><publisher>MIT
  PRESS</publisher>', '01-NOV-2003');
 
insert into BOOKS values(2, '<author>NICANOR PARRA</author><subject>POEMS 
  AND ANTIPOEMS</subject><language>SPANISH</language>
  <publisher>VASQUEZ</publisher>', '01-JAN-2001');
 
insert into BOOKS values(1, '<author>LUC SANTE</author><subject>XML
  DATABASE</subject><language>FRENCH</language><publisher>FREE
  PRESS</publisher>', '15-MAY-2002');
 
commit;
 
-- Create index set and section group
exec ctx_ddl.create_index_set('BOOK_INDEX_SET');
exec ctx_ddl.add_index('BOOKSET','PUBDATE');
 
exec ctx_ddl.create_section_group('BOOK_SECTION_GROUP',
      'BASIC_SECTION_GROUP');
exec ctx_ddl.add_field_section('BOOK_SECTION_GROUP','AUTHOR','AUTHOR');
exec ctx_ddl.add_field_section('BOOK_SECTION_GROUP','SUBJECT','SUBJECT');
exec ctx_ddl.add_field_section('BOOK_SECTION_GROUP','LANGUAGE','LANGUAGE');
exec ctx_ddl.add_field_section('BOOK_SECTION_GROUP','PUBLISHER','PUBLISHER'); 
  
-- Create index
create index books_index on books(info) indextype is ctxsys.ctxcat
  parameters('index set book_index_set section group book_section_group');
 
-- Use the index
-- Note that: even though CTXCAT index can be created with field sections, it
-- cannot be accessed using CTXCAT grammar (default for CATSEARCH).
-- We need to use query template with CONTEXT grammar to access field 
-- sections with CATSEARCH
 
select  id, info from books
where catsearch(info,
'<query>
      <textquery grammar="context">
              NOAM within author and english within language
      </textquery>
 </query>',
'order by pubdate')>0; 

Related Topics

Syntax for CTXCAT Index Type in this chapter.

Oracle Text Application Developer's Guide


CONTAINS

Use the CONTAINS operator in the WHERE clause of a SELECT statement to specify the query expression for a Text query.

The CONTAINS operator also supports database links. You can identify a remote table or materialized view by appending @dblink to the end of its name. The dblink must be a complete or partial name for a database link to the database containing the remote table or materialized view. (Querying of remote views is not supported.)

CONTAINS returns a relevance score for every row selected. Obtain this score with the SCORE operator.

The grammar for this operator is called the CONTEXT grammar. You can also use CTXCAT grammar if your application works better with simpler syntax. To do so, use the Query Template Specification in the text_query parameter as described in this section.

See Also:

"The CONTEXT Grammar" topic in Oracle Text Application Developer's Guide

Syntax

CONTAINS(
         [schema.]column,
         text_query    [VARCHAR2|CLOB]
         [,label       NUMBER])
RETURN NUMBER;
[schema.]column

Specify the text column to be searched on. This column must have a Text index associated with it.

text_query

Specify one of the following:

Query Rewrite Template

Use this template to automatically write different versions of a query before you submit the query to Oracle Text. This is useful when you need to maximize the recall of a user query. For example, you can program your application to expand a single phrase query of 'cat dog' into the following queries:

{cat} {dog}
{cat} ; {dog}
{cat} AND {dog}
{cat} ACCUM {dog}

These queries are submitted as one query and results are returned with no duplication. In this example, the query returns documents that contain the phrase cat dog as well as documents in which cat is near dog, and documents that have cat and dog.

This is done with the following template:

 <query>
   <textquery lang="ENGLISH" grammar="CONTEXT"> cat dog
     <progression>
       <seq><rewrite>transform((TOKENS, "{", "}", " "))</rewrite></seq>
       <seq><rewrite>transform((TOKENS, "{", "}", " ; "))</rewrite></seq>
       <seq><rewrite>transform((TOKENS, "{", "}", "AND"))</rewrite></seq>
       <seq><rewrite>transform((TOKENS, "{", "}", "ACCUM"))</rewrite></seq>
     </progression>
   </textquery>
  <score datatype="INTEGER" algorithm="COUNT"/>
</query>

The operator TRANSFORM is used to specify the rewrite rules and has the following syntax (note that it uses double parentheses):

TRANSFORM((terms, prefix, suffix, connector))

Table 1-3 TRANSFORM Parameters

Parameter Description

term

Specify the type of terms to be produced from the original query. Specify either TOKENS or THEMES.

Specifying THEMES requires an installed knowledge base. A knowledge base may or may not have been installed with Oracle Text. For more information, see the Oracle Text Application Developer's Guide.

prefix

Specify the literal string to be prepended to all terms.

suffix

Specify the literal string to be appended to all terms.

connector

Specify the literal string to connect all terms after applying prefix and suffix.


Query Relaxation Template

Use this template to progressively relax your query. Progressive relaxation is when you increase recall by progressively issuing less restrictive versions of a query, so that your application can return an appropriate number of hits to the user.

For example, the query of black pen can be progressively relaxed to:

black pen
black NEAR pen
black AND pen
black ACCUM pen

This is done with the following template

<query>
   <textquery lang="ENGLISH" grammar="CONTEXT">
     <progression>
       <seq>black pen</seq>
       <seq>black NEAR pen</seq>
       <seq>black AND pen</seq>
       <seq>black ACCUM pen</seq>
     </progression>
   </textquery>
   <score datatype="INTEGER" algorithm="COUNT"/>
</query>

Alternate Grammar Template

Use this template to specify an alternate grammar, such as CONTEXT or CATSEARCH. Specifying an alternate grammar enables you to enter queries using different syntax and operators.

For example, with CATSEARCH, enter ABOUT queries using the CONTEXT grammar. Likewise with CONTAINS, enter logical queries using the simplified CATSEARCH syntax.

The phrase 'dog cat mouse' is interpreted as a phrase in CONTAINS. However, with CATSEARCH this is equivalent to a AND query of 'dog AND cat AND mouse'. To specify that CONTAINS use the alternate grammar, enter the following template:

<query> 
  <textquery grammar="CTXCAT">dog cat mouse</textquery>
  <score datatype="integer"/>
</query>

Alternate Language Template

Use this template to specify an alternate language.

<query><textquery lang="french">bon soir</textquery></query>

Alternative Scoring Template

Use this template to specify an alternative scoring algorithm.

The following example specifies that the query use the CONTEXT grammar and return integer scores using the COUNT algorithm. This algorithm returns score as the number of query occurrences in the document.

<query>        
     <textquery grammar="CONTEXT" lang="english"> mustang  
     </textquery>     
     <score datatype="INTEGER" algorithm="COUNT"/>     
</query>

The following example uses the normalization_expr attribute to add SDATA(price) into the score returned by the query, and uses it as the final score.

<query>
    <textquery grammar="CONTEXT" lang="english">
        DEFINESCORE(dog, RELEVANCE) and  cat
    </textquery>
    <score  algorithm="COUNT"  normalization_expr ="doc_score+ SDATA(price)"/>
</query>

The normalization_expr attribute is used only with the alternate scoring template, and is an arithmetic expression that consists of:

DATE Literal Restrictions

Only the minus (-) operator is allowed between date-type data (DATE literals and date-type SDATA). Using other operators will result in an error. Subtracting two date-type data will produce a number (float) that represents the difference in number of days between the two dates. For example, the following expression is allowed:

SDATA(dob) –  DATE(2005-11-08)

and the following expression is not allowed:

SDATA(dob) +  DATE(2005-11-08)

The plus (+) and minus (-) operators are allowed between numeric data and date type of data. The number operand is interpreted as the number or fraction of day(s). For example, the following expression is allowed:

DATE(2005-11-08) + 1        = 9 NOV 2005

and the following expression is not allowed:

DATE(2005-11-08)* 3          = ERROR

Template Attribute Values

Table 1-4 gives the possible values for template attributes:

Table 1-4 Template Attribute Values

Tag Attribute Description Possible Values Meaning

grammar=

Specify the grammar of the query.

CONTEXT

CTXCAT

 

datatype=

Specify the type of number returned as score.

INTEGER

FLOAT

Returns score as integer between 0 and 100.

Returns score as its high precision floating point number between 0 and 100.

algorithm=

Specify the scoring algorithm to use.

DEFAULT

COUNT

Default.

Returns scores as the number of occurrences in document.

lang=

Specify the language name.

Any language supported by Oracle Database. See the Oracle Database Globalization Support Guide.

 

Template Grammar Definition

The query template interface is an XML document. Its grammar is defined with the following XML DTD:

<!ELEMENT query (textquery, score?)> 
<!ELEMENT textquery (#PCDATA|progression)*> 
<!ELEMENT progression (seq)+> 
<!ELEMENT seq (#PCDATA|rewrite)*> 
<!ELEMENT rewrite (#PCDATA)> 
<!ELEMENT score EMPTY> 
<!ATTLIST textquery grammar (context | ctxcat) #IMPLIED>
<!ATTLIST textquery language CDATA #IMPLIED>
<!ATTLIST score datatype (integer | float) "integer">
<!ATTLIST score algorithm (default | count) "default">

All tags and attributes values are case-sensitive.

See Also:

Chapter 3, "Oracle Text CONTAINS Query Operators" for more information about the operators in query expressions.
label

Optionally, specify the label that identifies the score generated by the CONTAINS operator.

Returns

For each row selected, CONTAINS returns a number between 0 and 100 that indicates how relevant the document row is to the query. The number 0 means that Oracle Text found no matches in the row.

Note:

You must use the SCORE operator with a label to obtain this number.

Example

The following example searches for all documents in the in the text column that contain the word oracle. The score for each row is selected with the SCORE operator using a label of 1:

SELECT SCORE(1), title from newsindex 
    WHERE CONTAINS(text, 'oracle', 1) > 0;

The CONTAINS operator must be followed by an expression such as > 0, which specifies that the score value calculated must be greater than zero for the row to be selected.

When the SCORE operator is called (for example, in a SELECT clause), the CONTAINS clause must reference the score label value as in the following example:

SELECT SCORE(1), title from newsindex 
     WHERE CONTAINS(text, 'oracle', 1) > 0 ORDER BY SCORE(1) DESC;

The following example specifies that the query be parsed using the CATSEARCH grammar:

SELECT id FROM test WHERE CONTAINS (text,
 '<query>
   <textquery lang="ENGLISH" grammar="CATSEARCH">
      cheap pokemon
   </textquery>
   <score datatype="INTEGER"/>
  </query>' ) > 0;

Grammar Template Example

The following example shows how to use the CTXCAT grammar in a CONTAINS query. The example creates a CTXCAT and a CONTEXT index on the same table, and compares the query results:

PROMPT create context and ctxcat indexes both with theme indexing on
PROMPT
create index tdrbqcq101x on test(text) indextype is ctxsys.context
parameters ('lexer theme_lexer');

create index tdrbqcq101cx on test(text) indextype is ctxsys.ctxcat
parameters ('lexer theme_lexer');

PROMPT *****  San Diego             ***********
PROMPT *****  CONTEXT grammar       ***********
PROMPT ** should be interpreted as phrase query **
select pk||' ==> '||text from test 
where contains(text,'San Diego')>0
order by pk;

PROMPT *****  San Diego      ***********
PROMPT *****  CTXCAT grammar ***********
PROMPT ** should be interpreted as AND query  ***
select pk||' ==> '||text from test 
where contains(text,
'<query> 
  <textquery grammar="CTXCAT">San Diego</textquery>
  <score datatype="integer"/>
</query>')>0
order by pk;

PROMPT *****  Hitlist from CTXCAT index ***********
select pk||' ==> '||text from test 
where catsearch(text,'San Diego','')>0
order by pk;

Alternate Scoring Query Template Example

The following query template adds price SDATA section (or SDATA filter-by column) value into the score returned by the query and uses it as the final score.

<query>
      <textquery grammar="CONTEXT" lang="english">
             DEFINESCORE(dog, RELEVANCE) and cat
      </textquery>
      <score algorithm="COUNT" normalization_expr ="doc_score+SDATA(price)"/>
</query>

Query Relaxation Template Example

The following query template defines a query relaxation sequence. The query of black pen is entered in sequence as black pen then black NEAR pen then black AND pen then black ACCUM pen. Query hits are returned in this sequence with no duplication as long as the application needs results.

select id from docs where CONTAINS (text, '
<query>
   <textquery lang="ENGLISH" grammar="CONTEXT">
     <progression>
       <seq>black pen</seq>
       <seq>black NEAR pen</seq>
       <seq>black AND pen</seq>
       <seq>black ACCUM pen</seq>
     </progression>
   </textquery>
   <score datatype="INTEGER" algorithm="COUNT"/>
</query>')>0;

Query relaxation is most effective when your application needs the top n hits to a query, which you can obtain with the FIRST_ROWS hint or in a PL/SQL cursor.

Query Rewrite Example

The following template defines a query rewrite sequence. The query of kukui nut is rewritten as follows:

{kukui} {nut}

{kukui} ; {nut}

{kukui} AND {nut}

{kukui} ACCUM {nut}

select id from docs where CONTAINS (text, '
 <query>
   <textquery lang="ENGLISH" grammar="CONTEXT"> kukui nut
     <progression>
       <seq><rewrite>transform((TOKENS, "{", "}", " "))</rewrite></seq>
       <seq><rewrite>transform((TOKENS, "{", "}", " ; "))</rewrite>/seq>
       <seq><rewrite>transform((TOKENS, "{", "}", "AND"))</rewrite><seq/>
       <seq><rewrite>transform((TOKENS, "{", "}", "ACCUM"))</rewrite><seq/>
     </progression>
   </textquery>
  <score datatype="INTEGER" algorithm="COUNT"/>
</query>')>0;

Notes

Querying Multi-Language Tables

With the multi-lexer preference, you can create indexes from multi-language tables. At query time, the multi-lexer examines the session's language setting and uses the sub-lexer preference for that language to parse the query. If the language setting is not mapped, then the default lexer is used.

When the language setting is mapped, the query is parsed and run as usual. The index contains tokens from multiple languages, so such a query can return documents in several languages.

To limit your query to returning document of a given language, use a structured clause on the language column.

Query Performance Limitation with a Partitioned Index

Oracle Text supports the CONTEXT indexing and querying of a partitioned text table.

However, for optimal performance when querying a partitioned table with an ORDER BY SCORE clause, query the partition. If you query the entire table and use an ORDER BY SCORE clause, the query might not perform optimally unless you include a range predicate that can limit the query to a single partition.

For example, the following statement queries the partition p_tab4 partition directly:

select * from part_tab partition (p_tab4) where contains(b,'oracle') > 0 ORDER BY
SCORE DESC;

Related Topics

Syntax for CONTEXT Index Type in this chapter

Chapter 3, "Oracle Text CONTAINS Query Operators"

"The CONTEXT Grammar" topic in Oracle Text Application Developer's Guide

SCORE in this chapter


CREATE INDEX

This section describes the CREATE INDEX statement as it pertains to creating an Oracle Text domain index and composite domain index.

See Also:

Oracle Database SQL Reference for a complete description of the CREATE INDEX statement

Purpose

Use CREATE INDEX to create an Oracle Text index. An Oracle Text index is an Oracle Database domain index or composite domain index of type CONTEXT, CTXCAT, CTXRULE, or CTXXPATH. A domain index is an application-specific index. A composite domain index (CDI) is an Oracle Text index that not only indexes and processes a specified text column, but also indexes and processes FILTER BY and ORDER BY structured columns, which are specified during index creation.

You must create an appropriate Oracle Text index to enter CONTAINS, CATSEARCH, or MATCHES queries.

You cannot create an Oracle Text index on an index-organized table.

You can create the following types of Oracle Text indexes:

CONTEXT

A CONTEXT index is the basic type of Oracle Text index. This is an index on a text column. A CONTEXT index is useful when your source text consists of many large, coherent documents. Query this index with the CONTAINS operator in the WHERE clause of a SELECT statement. This index requires manual synchronization after DML. See Syntax for CONTEXT Index Type.

CTXCAT

The CTXCAT type of index is a combined index on a text column and one or more other columns. CTXCAT is typically used to index small documents or text fragments, such as item names, prices and descriptions found in catalogs. Query this index with the CATSEARCH operator in the WHERE clause of a SELECT statement. This type of index is optimized for mixed queries. This index is transactional, automatically updating itself with DML to the base table. See Syntax for CTXCAT Index Type.

CTXRULE

A CTXRULE index is used to build a document classification application. The CTXRULE index is an index created on a table of queries or a column containing a set of queries, where the queries serve as rules to define the classification criteria. Query this index with the MATCHES operator in the WHERE clause of a SELECT statement. See Syntax for CTXRULE Index Type.

CTXXPATH

Create this index when you need to speed up existsNode() queries on an XMLType column. See Syntax for CTXXPATH Index Type.

Required Privileges

You do not need the CTXAPP role to create an Oracle Text index. If you have Oracle Database grants to create a b-tree index on the text column, you have sufficient permission to create a text index. The issuing owner, table owner, and index owner can all be different users, which is consistent with Oracle standards for creating regular B-tree indexes.

Syntax for CONTEXT Index Type

Use a CONTEXT index to create an index on a text column. Query this index with the CONTAINS operator in the WHERE clause of a SELECT statement. This index requires manual synchronization after DML.

CREATE INDEX [schema.]index ON [schema.]table(txt_column)
  INDEXTYPE IS ctxsys.context [ONLINE]
  [FILTER BY filter_column[, filter_column]...]
  [ORDER BY oby_column[desc|asc][, oby_column[desc|asc]]...]
  [LOCAL [(PARTITION [partition] [PARAMETERS('paramstring')]
  [, PARTITION [partition] [PARAMETERS('paramstring')]])]
  [PARAMETERS(paramstring)] [PARALLEL n] [UNUSABLE]];
[schema.]index

Specify the name of the Text index to create.

[schema.]table(txt_column)

Specify the name of the table and column to index. txt_column is the name of the domain index column on which the CONTAINS() operator will be invoked.

Your table can optionally contain a primary key if you prefer to identify your rows as such when you use procedures in CTX_DOC. When your table has no primary key, document services identifies your documents by ROWID.

The column that you specify must be one of the following types: CHAR, VARCHAR, VARCHAR2, BLOB, CLOB, BFILE, XMLType, or URIType.

The table that you specify can be a partitioned table. If you do not specify the LOCAL clause, then a global, non-partitioned index is created.

DATE, NUMBER, and nested table columns cannot be indexed. Object columns also cannot be indexed, but their attributes can be indexed, provided that they are atomic data types.

Attempting to create an index on a Virtual Private Database (VPD) protected table will fail unless one of the following criteria is true:

Indexes on multiple columns are not supported with the CONTEXT index type. You must specify only one column in the column list.

Note:

With the CTXCAT index type, you can create indexes on text and structured columns. See Syntax for CTXCAT Index Type in this chapter.
ONLINE

Creates the index while enabling DML inserts/updates/deletes on the base table.

During indexing, Oracle Text enqueues DML requests in a pending queue. At the end of the index creation, Oracle Text locks the base table. During this time DML is blocked. You must synchronize the index in order for DML changes to be available.

Limitations

The following limitations apply to using ONLINE:

FILTER BY filter_column

This is the structured indexed column on which a range or equality predicate in the WHERE clause of a mixed query will operate. You can specify one or more structured columns for filter_column, on which the relational predicates are expected to be specified along with the CONTAINS() predicate in a query.

The cost-based optimizer (CBO) will consider pushing down the structured predicates on these FILTER BY columns with the following relational operators: <, <=, =, >=, >, between, and LIKE (for VARCHAR2).

These columns can only be of CHAR, NUMBER, DATE, VARCHAR2, or RAW type. Additionally, VARCHAR2 and RAW types are only supported if the maximum length is specified and is limited to no more than 249. ADT attributes of supported types (CHAR, NUMBER, DATE, VARCHAR2, or RAW) are also allowed. An error is raised for all other datatypes. Expressions, for example, func(cola), are not allowed.

txt_column is allowed in the FILTER BY column list.

DML operations on FILTER BY columns are always transactional.

ORDER BY oby_column

This is the structured indexed column on which a structured ORDER BY mixed query will be based. A list of structured oby_columns can be specified in the ORDER BY clause of a CONTAINS() query.

These columns can only be of CHAR, NUMBER, DATE, VARCHAR2, or RAW type. Additionally, VARCHAR2 and RAW types are only supported if the maximum length is specified and is limited to no more than 249.

The order of the specified columns matters. The cost based optimizer will consider pushing the sort into the composite domain index only if the ORDER BY clause in the text query contains:

  • entire ordered ORDER BY columns declared by the ORDER BY clause during CREATE INDEX,

  • The cost based optimizer (CBO) will consider pushing the sort into the composite domain index (CDI) only if the ORDER BY clause in the text query contains:

    • entire ordered ORDER BY columns declared by the ORDER BY clause during CREATE INDEX,

    • score followed by the prefix of the ordered ORDER BY columns declared by the ORDER BY clause during CREATE INDEX, or

    • score following the prefix of the ordered ORDER BY columns declared by the ORDER BY clause during CREATE INDEX.

  • CBO will consider pushing the sort into the CDI only if the ORDER BY clause in the text query contains:

    • entire ordered ORDER BY columns declared by the ORDER BY clause during CREATE INDEX,

    • only the prefix of the ordered ORDER BY columns declared by the ORDER BY clause during CREATE INDEX,

    • score followed by the prefix of the ordered ORDER BY columns declared by the ORDER BY clause during CREATE INDEX,

    • or score following the prefix of the ordered ORDER BY columns declared by the ORDER BY clause during CREATE INDEX.

    The following example illustrates CBO behavior with regard to ORDER BY columns:

    CREATE INDEX foox ON foo(D) INDEXTYPE IS CTXSYS.CONTEXT
    FILTER BY B, C
    ORDER BY A, B desc;
    

    Consider the following query:

    SELECT A, SCORE(1) FROM foo WHERE CONTAINS(D, 'oracle',1)>0 
    AND C>100 ORDER BY col_list;
    

    Note:

    If you set NLS_SORT or NLS_COMP parameters (that is, alter session set NLS_SORT = <some lang>; ), then CBO will not push the Sort or related structured predicate into the CDI. This behavior is consistent with regular btree indexes.

    CBO will consider pushing the sort into CDI if col_list has the following values:

    B
    B,A
    SCORE(1), B
    B, SCORE(1)
    A, B, C
    A, B asc
    

    (or simply A, B)

    CBO will NOT consider to push the sort into CDI if col_list has the following values:

    B
    B,A
    SCORE(1), B
    B, SCORE(1)
    A, B, C
    A, B asc (or simply A, B)
    

    (or simply A, B)

  • score followed by the prefix of the ordered ORDER BY columns declared by the ORDER BY clause during CREATE INDEX,

  • or score following the prefix of the ordered ORDER BY columns declared by the ORDER BY clause during CREATE INDEX.

Expressions, for example, func(cola), are not allowed.

txt_column appearing in the ORDER BY column list is allowed.

DML operations on ORDER BY columns are always transactional.

Limitations

The following limitations apply to FILTER BY and ORDER BY:

Note:

  • As with concatenated btree indexes or bitmap indexes, performance degradation may occur in DML as the number of FILTER BY and ORDER BY columns increases.

  • Mapping a FILTER BY column to MDATA is not recommended if the FILTER BY column contains sequential values or has very high cardinality. Doing so can result in very long and narrow $I table and reduced $X performance. An example is a column of type DATE. For columns of this type, mapping to SDATA is recommended.

Note:

An index table with the name DR$indextable$S is created to store FILTER BY and ORDER BY columns that are mapped to SDATA sections. If nothing is mapped to an SDATA section, then the $S table will not be created.

$S table contains the following columns:

  • SDATA_ID number is the internal SDATA section id.

  • SDATA_LAST number, the last docid, which is analogous to token_last.

  • SDATA_DATA RAW(2000), the compressed SDATA values. Note that if $S is created on a tablespace with 4K db block size, then it will be defined as RAW(1500).

Restriction: For performance reasons, $S table must be created on a tablespace with db block size >= 4K without overflow segment and without PCTTHRESHOLD clause. If $S is created on a tablespace with db block size < 4K, or is created with an overflow segment or with PCTTHRESHOLD clause, then appropriate errors will be raised during CREATE INDEX.

Restriction on Exporting and Importing text tables with Composite Domain Index created with FILTER BY and/or ORDER BY clauses:

Limitations of using ALTER INDEX and ALTER TABLE with FILTER BY and ORDER BY columns of the Composite Domain Index, which are imposed by Extensible Indexing Framework in Oracle Database:

(These limitations are imposed by Extensible Indexing Framework in Oracle Database.)

The following limitations apply to FILTER BY and ORDER BY when used with PL/SQL packages:

See Also:

CTX_DDL.ADD_SDATA_COLUMN
LOCAL [(PARTITION [partition] [PARAMETERS('paramstring')]

Specify LOCAL to create a local partitioned context index on a partitioned table. The partitioned table must be partitioned by range. Hash, composite and list partitions are not supported.

You can specify the list of index partition names with partition_name. If you do not specify a partition name, then the system assigns one. The order of the index partition list must correspond to the table partition by order.

The PARAMETERS clause associated with each partition specifies the parameters string specific to that partition. You can only specify sync (manual|every |on commit), memory and storage for each index partition.

The PARAMETERS clause also supports POPULATE and NOPOPULATE. See POPULATE | NOPOPULATE.

Query the viewsCTX_INDEX_PARTITIONSorCTX_USER_INDEX_PARTITIONSto find out index partition information, such as index partition name, and index partition status.

Query Performance Limitation with Partitioned Index

For optimal performance when querying a partitioned index with an ORDER BY SCORE clause, query the partition. If you query the entire table and use an ORDER BY SCORE clause, the query might not perform optimally unless you include a range predicate that can limit the query to the fewest number of partitions, which is optimally a single partition.

PARALLEL n

Optionally specify with n the parallel degree for parallel indexing. The actual degree of parallelism might be smaller depending on your resources.

You can use this parameter on non-partitioned tables. However, creating a non-partitioned index in parallel does not turn on parallel query processing.

Parallel indexing is supported for creating a local partitioned index.

Performance

Parallel indexing can speed up indexing when you have large amounts of data to index and when your operating system supports multiple CPUs.

Note:

Using PARALLEL to create a local partitioned index enables parallel queries. (Creating a non-partitioned index in parallel does not turn on parallel query processing.)

Parallel querying degrades query throughput especially on heavily loaded systems. Because of this, Oracle recommends that you disable parallel querying after creating a local index. To do so, use ALTER INDEX NOPARALLEL.

For more information on parallel querying, see the "Performance Tuning" chapter in Oracle Text Application Developer's Guide

Limitations

The following limitations apply to using PARALLEL:

UNUSABLE

Create an unusable index. This creates index metadata only and exits immediately.

You might create an unusable index when you need to create a local partitioned index in parallel.

PARAMETERS(paramstring)

Optionally specify indexing parameters in paramstring. You can specify preferences owned by another user using the user.preference notation.

The syntax for paramstring is as follows:

paramstring = 
'[DATASTORE datastore_pref] 
 [FILTER filter_pref] 
 [CHARSET COLUMN charset_column_name]  
 [FORMAT COLUMN format_column_name]

 [LEXER lexer_pref]
 [LANGUAGE COLUMN language_column_name] 

 [WORDLIST wordlist_pref] 
 [STORAGE storage_pref] 
 [STOPLIST stoplist] 
 [SECTION GROUP section_group]
 [MEMORY memsize]
 [POPULATE | NOPOPULATE]
 [SYNC (MANUAL | EVERY "interval-string" | ON COMMIT)]
 [TRANSACTIONAL]'

Create datastore, filter, lexer, wordlist, and storage preferences with CTX_DDL.CREATE_PREFERENCE and then specify them in the paramstring.

Note:

When you specify no paramstring, Oracle Text uses the system defaults.

For more information about these defaults, see "Default Index Parameters" in Chapter 2.

DATASTORE datastore_pref

Specify the name of your datastore preference. Use the datastore preference to specify where your text is stored.See Datastore Types in Chapter 2, "Oracle Text Indexing Elements".

FILTER filter_pref

Specify the name of your filter preference. Use the filter preference to specify how to filter formatted documents to plain text or HTML. See Filter Types in Chapter 2, "Oracle Text Indexing Elements".

CHARSET COLUMN charset_column_name

Specify the name of the character set column. This column must be in the same table as the text column, and it must be of type CHAR, VARCHAR, or VARCHAR2. Use this column to specify the document character set for conversion to the database character set. The value is case insensitive. You must specify a globalization support character set string, such as JA16EUC.

When the document is plain text or HTML, the AUTO_FILTER and CHARSET filter use this column to convert the document character set to the database character set for indexing.

Use this column when you have plain text or HTML documents with different character sets or in a character set different from the database character set.

NLS_LENGTH_SEMANTICS = CHAR is not supported at the database level. This parameter is supported for the following columns:

  • The CHARSET COLUMN, for example:

    VARCHAR2 <size> CHAR
    CHAR <size> CHAR
    
  • Creating an index on a VARCHAR2 and CHAR column

  • Using a VARCHAR2 and CHAR column for FILTER BY and ORDER BY clause of CREATE INDEX

  • FORMAT COLUMN

Note:

  • Documents are not marked for re-indexing when only the charset column changes. The indexed column must be updated to flag the re-index.

  • The NLS_LENGTH_SEMANTICS = CHAR parameter is supported at column level only, and is not supported at the database level, as described in this section.

FORMAT COLUMN format_column_name

Specify the name of the format column. The format column must be in the same table as the text column and it must be CHAR, VARCHAR, or VARCHAR2 type.

FORMAT COLUMN determines how a document is filtered, or, in the case of the IGNORE value, if it is to be indexed.

The AUTO_FILTER uses the format column when filtering documents. Use this column with heterogeneous document sets to optionally bypass filtering for plain text or HTML documents.

In the format column, you can specify one of the following options:

TEXT indicates that the document is either plain text or HTML. When TEXT is specified, the document is not filtered, but may have the character set converted.

BINARY indicates that the document is a format supported by the AUTO_FILTER object other than plain text or HTML, for example PDF. BINARY is the default, if the format column entry cannot be mapped.

IGNORE indicates that the row is to be ignored during indexing. Use this value when you need to bypass rows that contain data incompatible with text indexing such as image data, or rows in languages that you do not want to process. The difference between documents with TEXT and IGNORE format column types is that the former are indexed but ignored by the filter, while the latter are not indexed at all. Thus, IGNORE can be used with any filter type.

Note:

Documents are not marked for re-indexing when only the format column changes. The indexed column must be updated to flag the re-index.
LEXER lexer_pref

Specify the name of your lexer or multi-lexer preference. Use the lexer preference to identify the language of your text and how text is tokenized for indexing. See Lexer Types in Chapter 2, "Oracle Text Indexing Elements".

LANGUAGE COLUMN language_column_name

Specify the name of the language column when using a multi-lexer preference. See MULTI_LEXER in Chapter 2, "Oracle Text Indexing Elements".

This column must exist in the base table. It cannot be the same column as the indexed column. Only the first 30 bytes of the language column is examined for language identification.

Note:

Documents are not marked for re-indexing when only the language column changes. The indexed column must be updated to flag the re-index.
WORDLIST wordlist_pref

Specify the name of your wordlist preference. Use the wordlist preference to enable features such as fuzzy, stemming, and prefix indexing for better wildcard searching. See Wordlist Type in Chapter 2, "Oracle Text Indexing Elements".

STORAGE storage_pref

Specify the name of your storage preference for the Text index. Use the storage preference to specify how the index tables are stored. See Storage Types in Chapter 2, "Oracle Text Indexing Elements".

STOPLIST stoplist

Specify the name of your stoplist. Use stoplist to identify words that are not to be indexed. See CTX_DDL.CREATE_STOPLIST in Chapter 7, "CTX_DDL Package".

SECTION GROUP section_group

Specify the name of your section group. Use section groups to create searchable sections in structured documents. See CTX_DDL.CREATE_SECTION_GROUP in Chapter 7, "CTX_DDL Package".

MEMORY memsize

Specify the amount of run-time memory to use for indexing. The syntax for memsize is as follows:

memsize = number[K|M|G]

where K stands for kilobytes., M stands for megabytes, and G stands for gigabytes.

The value you specify for memsize must be between 1M and the value of MAX_INDEX_MEMORY in the CTX_PARAMETERS view. To specify a memory size larger than the MAX_INDEX_MEMORY, you must reset this parameter with CTX_ADM.SET_PARAMETER to be larger than or equal to memsize.

The default is the value specified for DEFAULT_INDEX_MEMORY in CTX_PARAMETERS.

The memsize parameter specifies the amount of memory Oracle Text uses for indexing before flushing the index to disk. Specifying a large amount memory improves indexing performance because there are fewer I/O operations and improves query performance and maintenance, because there is less fragmentation.

Specifying smaller amounts of memory increases disk I/O and index fragmentation, but might be useful when run-time memory is scarce.

POPULATE | NOPOPULATE

Specify NOPOPULATE to create an empty index. The default is POPULATE.

Note:

POPULATE | NOPOPULATE is the only option whose default value cannot be set with CTX_ADM.SET_PARAMETER.

This option is not valid with CTXXPATH indexes.

Empty indexes are populated by updates or inserts to the base table. You might create an empty index when you need to create your index incrementally or to selectively index documents in the base table. You might also create an empty index when you require only theme and Gist output from a document set.

SYNC (MANUAL | EVERY "interval-string" | ON COMMIT)

Specify SYNC for automatic synchronization of the CONTEXT index when there are inserts, updates or deletes to the base table. You can specify one of the following SYNC methods:

Table 1-5 SYNC Types

SYNC type Description

MANUAL

No automatic synchronization. This is the default. You must manually synchronize the index with CTX_DDL.SYNC_INDEX.

EVERY "interval-string"

Automatically synchronize the index at a regular interval specified by the value of interval-string. interval-string takes the same syntax as that for scheduler jobs. Automatic synchronization using EVERY requires that the index creator have CREATE JOB privileges.

Make sure that interval-string is set to a long enough period that any previous sync jobs will have completed; otherwise, the sync job may hang. interval-string must be enclosed in double quotes, and any single quote within interval-string must be escaped with another single quote.

See Enabling Automatic Index Synchronization for an example of automatic sync syntax.

ON COMMIT

Synchronize the index immediately after a commit. The commit does not return until the sync is complete. (Because the synchronization is performed as a separate transaction, there may be a period, usually small, when the data is committed but index changes are not.)

The operation uses the memory specified with the memory parameter.

Note that the sync operation has its own transaction context. If this operation fails, the data transaction still commits. Index synchronization errors are logged in the CTX_USER_INDEX_ERRORS view. See Viewing Index Errors under CREATE INDEX.

See Enabling Automatic Index Synchronization for an example of ON COMMIT syntax.


Each partition of a locally partitioned index can have its own type of sync (ON COMMIT, EVERY, or MANUAL). The type of sync specified in master parameter strings applies to all index partitions unless a partition specifies its own type.

With automatic (EVERY) synchronization, users can specify memory size and parallel synchronization. That syntax is:

... EVERY interval_string MEMORY mem_size PARALLEL paradegree ...

ON COMMIT synchronizations can only be run serially and must use the same memory size that was specified at index creation.

See Also:

Oracle Database Administrator's Guide for information on job scheduling
TRANSACTIONAL

Specify that documents can be searched immediately after they are inserted or updated. If a text index is created with TRANSACTIONAL enabled, then, in addition to processing the synchronized rowids already in the index, the CONTAINS operator will process unsynchronized rowids as well. Oracle Text does in-memory indexing of unsynchronized rowids and processes the query against the in-memory index.

TRANSACTIONAL is an index-level parameter and does not apply at the partition level.

You must still synchronize your text indexes from time to time (with CTX_DDL.SYNC_INDEX) to bring pending rowids into the index. Query performance degrades as the number of unsynchronized rowids increases. For that reason, Oracle recommends setting up your index to use automatic synchronization with the EVERY parameter. (See SYNC (MANUAL | EVERY "interval-string" | ON COMMIT).)

Transactional querying for indexes that have been created with the TRANSACTIONAL parameter can be turned on and off (for the duration of a user session) with the PL/SQL variable CTX_QUERY.disable_transactional_query. This is useful, for example, if you find that querying is slow due to the presence of too many pending rowids. Here is an example of setting this session variable:

exec ctx_query.disable_transactional_query := TRUE;

If the index uses AUTO_FILTER, queries involving unsynchronized rowids will require filtering of unsynchronized documents.

CREATE INDEX: CONTEXT Index Examples

The following sections give examples of creating a CONTEXT index.

Creating CONTEXT Index Using Default Preferences

The following example creates a CONTEXT index called myindex on the docs column in mytable. Default preferences are used.

CREATE INDEX myindex ON mytable(docs) INDEXTYPE IS ctxsys.context;

See Also:

For more information about default settings, see "Default Index Parameters" in Chapter 2.

Also refer to Oracle Text Application Developer's Guide.

Creating CONTEXT Index with Custom Preferences

The following example creates a CONTEXT index called myindex on the docs column in mytable. The index is created with a custom lexer preference called my_lexer and a custom stoplist called my_stop.

This example also assumes that the preference and stoplist were previously created with CTX_DDL.CREATE_PREFERENCE for my_lexer, and CTX_DDL.CREATE_STOPLIST for my_stop. Default preferences are used for the unspecified preferences.

CREATE INDEX myindex ON mytable(docs) INDEXTYPE IS ctxsys.context 
  PARAMETERS('LEXER my_lexer STOPLIST my_stop');

Any user can use any preference. To specify preferences that exist in another user's schema, add the user name to the preference name. The following example assumes that the preferences my_lexer and my_stop exist in the schema that belongs to user kenny:

CREATE INDEX myindex ON mytable(docs) INDEXTYPE IS ctxsys.context 
  PARAMETERS('LEXER kenny.my_lexer STOPLIST kenny.my_stop');

Enabling Automatic Index Synchronization

You can create your index and specify that the index be synchronized at regular intervals for inserts, updates and deletes to the base table. To do so, create the index with the SYNC (EVERY "interval-string") parameter.

To use job scheduling, you must log in as a user who has DBA privileges and then grant CREATE JOB privileges.

The following example creates an index and schedules three synchronization jobs for three index partitions. The first partition uses ON COMMIT synchronization. The other two partitions are synchronized by jobs that are scheduled to be executed every Monday at 3 P.M.

CONNECT system/manager
GRANT CREATE JOB TO dr_test

CREATE INDEX tdrmauto02x ON tdrmauto02(text)
   INDEXTYPE IS CTXSYS.CONTEXT local
   (PARTITION tdrm02x_i1 PARAMETERS('
   MEMORY 20m SYNC(ON COMMIT)'),
   PARTITION tdrm02x_i2,
   PARTITION tdrm02x_i3)  PARAMETERS('
   SYNC (EVERY "NEXT_DAY(TRUNC(SYSDATE), ''MONDAY'') + 15/24")
  ');

See the Oracle Database Administrator's Guide for information on job scheduling syntax.

Creating CONTEXT Index with Multi-Lexer Preference

The multi-lexer decides which lexer to use for each row based on a language column. This is a character column in the table which stores the language of the document in the text column. For example, create the table globaldoc to hold documents of different languages:

CREATE TABLE globaldoc (
   doc_id NUMBER PRIMARY KEY,
   lang VARCHAR2(10),
   text CLOB
);

Assume that global_lexer is a multi-lexer preference you created. To index the global_doc table, specify the multi-lexer preference and the name of the language column as follows:

CREATE INDEX globalx ON globaldoc(text) INDEXTYPE IS ctxsys.context PARAMETERS
('LEXER global_lexer LANGUAGE COLUMN lang');

See Also:

For more information about creating multi-lexer preferences, see MULTI_LEXER in Chapter 2.

Creating a Local Partitioned Index

The following example creates a text table that is partitioned into three, populates it, and then creates a partitioned index.

PROMPT create partitioned table and populate it

CREATE TABLE part_tab (a int, b varchar2(40)) PARTITION BY RANGE(a)
(partition p_tab1 values less than (10),
 partition p_tab2 values less than (20),
 partition p_tab3 values less than (30));
PROMPT create partitioned index
CREATE INDEX part_idx on part_tab(b) INDEXTYPE IS CTXSYS.CONTEXT
LOCAL (partition p_idx1, partition p_idx2, partition p_idx3);

Note:

The limit for the number of partitions in Oracle Text is the same as the maximum number of partitions per table in Oracle Database.

Using FILTER BY and ORDER BY Clauses

The following example creates an index on table docs and orders the documents by author's publishing date.

First, create the table:

CREATE TABLE docs (
    docid    NUMBER, 
    pub_date DATE, 
    author   VARCHAR2(30), 
    category VARCHAR2(30), 
    document CLOB
);
 

Create the index with FILTER BY and ORDER BY clauses:

CREATE INDEX doc_idx on docs(document) indextype is ctxsys.context
  FILTER BY category, author
  ORDER BY pub_date desc, docid
  PARAMETERS ('memory 500M');

Parallel Indexing

Parallel indexing can improve index performance when you have multiple CPUs.

To create an index in parallel, use the PARALLEL clause with a parallel degree. This example uses a parallel degree of 3:

CREATE INDEX myindex ON mytab(pk) INDEXTYPE IS ctxsys.context PARALLEL 3;

Creating a Local Partitioned Index in Parallel

Creating a local partitioned index in parallel can improve performance when you have multiple CPUs. With partitioned tables, you can divide the work. You can create a local partitioned index in parallel in two ways:

If you attempt to create a local partitioned index in parallel, and the attempt fails, you may see the following error message:

ORA-29953: error in the execution of the ODCIIndexCreate routine for one or more
of the index partitions

To determine the specific reason why the index creation failed, query the CTX_USER_INDEX_ERRORS view.

Parallelism with CREATE INDEX

You can achieve local index parallelism by using the PARALLEL and LOCAL clauses in CREATE INDEX. In this case, the maximum parallel degree is limited to the number of partitions that you have.

The following example creates a table with three partitions, populates them, and then creates the local indexes in parallel with a degree of 2:

create table part_tab3(id number primary key, text varchar2(100)) 
partition by range(id) 
(partition p1 values less than (1000), 
 partition p2 values less than (2000), 
 partition p3 values less than (3000)); 

begin 
  for i in 0..2999 
  loop 
      insert into part_tab3 values (i,'oracle'); 
  end loop; 
end; 
/ 

create index part_tab3x on part_tab3(text) 
indextype is ctxsys.context local (partition part_tabx1, 
                                   partition part_tabx2, 
                                   partition part_tabx3) 
parallel 2;                                                              

Parallelism with DBMS_PCLUTIL.BUILD_PART_INDEX

You can achieve local index parallelism by first creating an unusable CONTEXT index, and then running the DBMS_PCLUTIL.BUILD_PART_INDEX utility. This method can result in a higher degree of parallelism, especially when you have more CPUs than partitions.

In this example, the base table has three partitions. We create a local partitioned unusable index first, then run DBMS_PCLUTIL.BUILD_PART_INDEX, which builds the 3 partitions in parallel (referred to as inter-partition parallelism). Also, inside each partition, index creation proceeds in parallel (called intra-partition parallelism) with a parallel degree of 2. Therefore, the total parallel degree is 6 (3 times 2).

create table part_tab3(id number primary key, text varchar2(100)) 
partition by range(id) 
(partition p1 values less than (1000), 
 partition p2 values less than (2000), 
 partition p3 values less than (3000)); 

begin 
  for i in 0..2999 
  loop 
      insert into part_tab3 values (i,'oracle'); 
  end loop; 
end; 
/ 

create index part_tab3x on part_tab3(text) 
indextype is ctxsys.context local (partition part_tabx1, 
                                   partition part_tabx2, 
                                   partition part_tabx3) 
unusable; 

exec dbms_pclxutil.build_part_index(jobs_per_batch=>3,
  procs_per_job=>2,
  tab_name=>'PART_TAB3',
  idx_name=>'PART_TAB3X',
  force_opt=>TRUE); 

Viewing Index Errors

After a CREATE INDEX or ALTER INDEX operation, you can view index errors with Oracle Text views. To view errors on your indexes, query the CTX_USER_INDEX_ERRORS view. To view errors on all indexes as CTXSYS, query the CTX_INDEX_ERRORS view.

For example, to view the most recent errors on your indexes, enter the following statements:

SELECT err_timestamp, err_text FROM ctx_user_index_errors ORDER BY err_timestamp
DESC;

Deleting Index Errors

To clear the index error view, enter the following statement:

DELETE FROM ctx_user_index_errors;

Syntax for CTXCAT Index Type

The CTXCAT index is a combined index on a text column and one or more other columns. Query this index with the CATSEARCH operator in the WHERE clause of a SELECT statement. This type of index is optimized for mixed queries. This index is transactional, automatically updating itself with DML to the base table.

CREATE INDEX [schema.]index on [schema.]table(column) INDEXTYPE IS ctxsys.ctxcat 
[PARAMETERS
('[index set index_set]
[lexer lexer_pref]
[storage storage_pref] 
[stoplist stoplist] 
[section group sectiongroup_pref
[wordlist wordlist_pref] 
[memory memsize]');
[schema.]table(column)

Specify the name of the table and column to index.

The column that you specify when you create a CTXCAT index must be of type CHAR or VARCHAR2. No other types are supported for CTXCAT.

Attempting to create an index on a Virtual Private Database (VPD) protected table will fail unless one of the following options is true:

Supported CTXCAT Preferences

index set index_set

Specify the index set preference to create the CTXCAT index. Index set preferences name the columns that make up your sub-indexes. Any column that is named in an index set column list cannot have a NULL value in any row of the base table, or else you get an error.

Always ensure that your columns have non-NULL values before and after indexing.

See "Creating a CTXCAT Index".

Index Performance and Size Considerations

Although a CTXCAT index offers query performance benefits, creating this type of index has its costs. The time that it takes Oracle Text to create a CTXCAT index depends on the total size of the index.

The total size of a CTXCAT index is directly related to:

Having many component indexes in your index set also degrades DML performance because more indexes must be updated.

Because of these added costs in creating a CTXCAT index, you should carefully consider the query performance benefit that each component index gives your application before adding it to your index set.

See Also:

Oracle Text Application Developer's Guide for more information about creating CTXCAT indexes and the benefits
Other CTXCAT Preferences

When you create an index of type CTXCAT, you can use the supported index preferences listed in Table 1-6 in the parameters string.

Table 1-6 Supported CTXCAT Index Preferences

Preference Class Supported Types

Datastore

This preference class is not supported for CTXCAT.

Filter

This preference class is not supported for CTXCAT.

Lexer

AUTO_LEXER

BASIC_LEXER (index_themes attribute not supported)

CHINESE_LEXER

CHINESE_VGRAM_LEXER

JAPANESE_LEXER

JAPANESE_VGRAM_LEXER

KOREAN_MORPH_LEXER

Wordlist

BASIC_WORDLIST

Storage

BASIC_STORAGE

Stoplist

Supports single language stoplists only (BASIC_STOPLIST type).

Section Group

Only Field Section is supported for CTXCAT.


Unsupported Preferences and Parameters

When you create a CTXCAT index, you cannot specify datastore and filter preferences. For section group preferences, only the field section preference is supported. You also cannot specify language, format, or charset columns as with a CONTEXT index.

Creating a CTXCAT Index

This section gives a brief example for creating a CTXCAT index. For a more complete example, see the Oracle Text Application Developer's Guide.

Consider a table called AUCTION with the following schema:

create table auction(
item_id number,
title varchar2(100),
category_id number,
price number,
bid_close date);

Assume that queries on the table involve a mandatory text query clause and optional structured conditions on price. Results must be sorted based on bid_close. This means that we need an index to support good response time for the structured and sorting criteria.

You can create a catalog index to support the different types of structured queries a user might enter. For structured queries, a CTXCAT index improves query performance over a context index.

To create the indexes, first create the index set preference, then add the required indexes to it:

begin
ctx_ddl.create_index_set('auction_iset');
ctx_ddl.add_index('auction_iset','bid_close');
ctx_ddl.add_index('auction_iset','price, bid_close');
end;

Create the CTXCAT index with CREATE INDEX as follows:

create index auction_titlex on AUCTION(title) indextype is CTXSYS.CTXCAT
parameters ('index set auction_iset');

Querying a CTXCAT Index

To query the title column for the word pokemon, enter regular and mixed queries as follows:

select * from AUCTION where CATSEARCH(title, 'pokemon',NULL)> 0;
select * from AUCTION where CATSEARCH(title, 'pokemon', 'price < 50 order by
bid_close desc')> 0;

See Also::

Oracle Text Application Developer's Guide for a complete CTXCAT example.

Syntax for CTXRULE Index Type

CTXRULE is an index on a column containing a set of queries. Query this index with the MATCHES operator in the WHERE clause of a SELECT statement.

CREATE INDEX [schema.]index on [schema.]table(rule_col) INDEXTYPE IS 
ctxsys.ctxrule 
[PARAMETERS ('[lexer lexer_pref] [storage storage_pref]
[section group section_pref] [wordlist wordlist_pref]
[classifier classifier_pref]'); 
[PARALLEL n];
[schema.]table(column)

Specify the name of the table and rule column to index. The rules can be query compatible strings, query template strings, or binary support vector machine rules.

The column you specify when you create a CTXRULE index must be VARCHAR2, CLOB or BLOB. No other types are supported for CTXRULE.

Attempting to create an index on a Virtual Private Database (VPD) protected table will fail unless one of the following is true:

lexer_pref

Specify the lexer preference to be used for processing queries and later for the documents to be classified with the MATCHES function.

With both classifiers SVN_CLASSFIER and RULE_CLASSIFIER, you can use the BASIC_LEXER, CHINESE_LEXER, JAPANESE_LEXER, or KOREAN_MORPH_LEXER lexer. (See "Classifier Types" and "Lexer Types".)

For processing queries, these lexers support the following operators: ABOUT, STEM, AND, NEAR, NOT, OR, and WITHIN.

The thesaural operators (BT*, NT*, PT, RT, SYN, TR, TRSYS, TT, and so on) are supported. However, these operators are expanded using a snapshot of the thesaurus at index time, not when the MATCHES function is entered. This means that if you change your thesaurus after you index, you must re-index your query set.

storage_pref

Specify the storage preference for the index on the queries.Use the storage preference to specify how the index tables are stored. See Storage Types in Chapter 2, "Oracle Text Indexing Elements".

section group

Specify the section group. This parameter does not affect the queries. It applies to sections in the documents to be classified. The following section groups are supported for the CTXRULE index type:

See Section Group Types in Chapter 2, "Oracle Text Indexing Elements".

CTXRULE does not support special sections.

wordlist_pref

Specify the wordlist preferences. This is used to enable stemming operations on query terms. See Wordlist Type in Chapter 2, "Oracle Text Indexing Elements".

classifier_pref

Specify the classifier preference. See Classifier Types in Chapter 2, "Oracle Text Indexing Elements". You must use the same preference name you specify with CTX_CLS.TRAIN.

Example for Creating a CTXRULE Index

See the Oracle Text Application Developer's Guide for a complete example of using the CTXRULE index type in a document routing application.

Syntax for CTXXPATH Index Type

This indextype if provided only for backward compatibility. Create a CTXXPATH index when you need to speed up existsNode() queries on an XMLType column.

CREATE INDEX [schema.]index on [schema.]table(XMLType column) INDEXTYPE IS 
ctxsys.CTXXPATH 
[PARAMETERS ('[storage storage_pref]
              [memory memsize]')];
[schema.]table(column)

Specify the name of the table and column to index.

The column you specify when you create a CTXXPATH index must be XMLType. No other types are supported for CTXXPATH.

storage_pref

Specify the storage preference for the index on the queries.Use the storage preference to specify how the index tables are stored. See Storage Types in Chapter 2, "Oracle Text Indexing Elements".

memory memsize

Specify the amount of run-time memory to use for indexing. The syntax for memsize is as follows:

memsize = number[M|G|K]

where M stands for megabytes, G stands for gigabytes, and K stands for kilobytes.

The value you specify for memsize must be between 1M and the value of MAX_INDEX_MEMORY in the CTX_PARAMETERS view. To specify a memory size larger than the MAX_INDEX_MEMORY, you must reset this parameter with CTX_ADM.SET_PARAMETER to be larger than or equal to memsize.

The default is the value specified for DEFAULT_INDEX_MEMORY in CTX_PARAMETERS.

CTXXPATH Examples

Index creation on an XMLType column:

CREATE INDEX xml_index ON xml_tab(col_xml) indextype is ctxsys.CTXXPATH;

or

CREATE INDEX xml_index ON xml_tab(col_xml) indextype is ctxsys.CTXXPATH
 PARAMETERS('storage my_storage memory 40M');

Querying the table with existsNode:

select xml_id from xml_tab x where
x.col_xml.existsnode('/book/chapter[@title="XML"]') > 0;

See Also:

Oracle XML DB Developer's Guide for information on using the CTXXPATH index type.

Related Topics

CTX_DDL.CREATE_PREFERENCE in Chapter 7, "CTX_DDL Package".

CTX_DDL.CREATE_STOPLIST in Chapter 7, "CTX_DDL Package".

CTX_DDL.CREATE_SECTION_GROUP in Chapter 7, "CTX_DDL Package".

ALTER INDEX

CATSEARCH


DROP INDEX

Note:

This section describes the DROP INDEX statement as it pertains to dropping a Text domain index.

For a complete description of the DROP INDEX statement, see Oracle Database SQL Reference.

Purpose

Use DROP INDEX to drop a specified Text index.

Syntax

DROP INDEX [schema.]index [force];
[force]

Optionally force the index to be dropped. Use force option when Oracle Text cannot determine the state of the index, such as when an indexing operation crashes.

Oracle recommends against using this option by default. Use it a a last resort when a regular call to DROP INDEX fails.

Example

The following example drops an index named doc_index in the current user's database schema.

DROP INDEX doc_index;

Related Topics

ALTER INDEX

CREATE INDEX


MATCHES

Use the MATCHES operator to find all rows in a query table that match a given document. The document must be a plain text, HTML, or XML document.

The MATCHES operator also supports database links. You can identify a remote table or materialized view by appending @dblink to the end of its name. The dblink must be a complete or partial name for a database link to the database containing the remote table or materialized view. (Querying of remote views is not supported.)

This operator requires a CTXRULE index on your set of queries.

When the SVM_CLASSIFIER classifier type is used, MATCHES returns a score in the range 0 to 100; a higher number indicates a greater confidence in the match. Use the label parameter and MATCH_SCORE to obtain this number. Then use the matching score to apply a category-specific threshold to a particular category.

If SVM_CLASSIFIER is not used, then this operator returns either 100 (the document matches the criteria) or 0 (the document does not match).

Limitation

If the optimizer chooses to use the functional query invocation with a MATCHES query, your query will fail.

Syntax

MATCHES(
[schema.]column,
document VARCHAR2 or CLOB
[,label INTEGER])
RETURN NUMBER;
column

Specify the column containing the indexed query set.

document

Specify the document to be classified. The document can be plain-text, HTML, or XML. Binary formats are not supported.

label

Optionally specify the label that identifies the score generated by the MATCHES operator. Use this label with MATCH_SCORE.

Matches Example

The following example creates a table querytable, and populates it with classification names and associated rules. It then creates a CTXRULE index.

The example enters the MATCHES query with a document string to be classified. The SELECT statement returns all rows (queries) that are satisfied by the document:

create table querytable (classification varchar2(64), text varchar2(4000));
insert into querytable values ('common names', 'smith OR jones OR brown');
insert into querytable values ('countries', 'United States OR Great Britain OR
France');
insert into querytable values ('Oracle DB', 'oracle NEAR database');

create index query_rule on querytable(text) indextype is ctxsys.ctxrule;

SELECT classification FROM querytable WHERE MATCHES(text, 'Smith is a common name
in the United States') > 0;


CLASSIFICATION
----------------------------------------------------------------
common names
countries

Related Topics

MATCH_SCORE

Syntax for CTXRULE Index Type

CTX_CLS.TRAIN

The Oracle Text Application Developer's Guide contains extended examples of simple and supervised classification, which make use of the MATCHES operator.


MATCH_SCORE

Use the MATCH_SCORE operator in a statement to return scores produced by a MATCHES query.

The MATCH_SCORE operator also supports database links. You can identify a remote table or materialized view by appending @dblink to the end of its name. The dblink must be a complete or partial name for a database link to the database containing the remote table or materialized view. (Querying of remote views is not supported.)

When the SVM_CLASSIFIER classifier type is used, this operator returns a score in the range 0 to 100. Then use the matching score to apply a category-specific threshold to a particular category.

If SVM_CLASSIFIER is not used, then this operator returns either 100 (the document matches the criteria) or 0 (the document does not match).

Syntax

MATCH_SCORE(label NUMBER)
label

Specify a number to identify the score produced by the query. Use this number to identify the MATCHES clause which returns this score.

Example

To get the matching score, use

select cat_id, match_score(1) from training_result where matches(profile,
text,1)>0;

Related Topics

MATCHES


SCORE

Use the SCORE operator in a SELECT statement to return the score values produced by a CONTAINS query. The SCORE operator can be used in a SELECT, ORDER BY, or GROUP BY clause.

The SCORE operator also supports database links. You can identify a remote table or materialized view by appending @dblink to the end of its name. The dblink must be a complete or partial name for a database link to the database containing the remote table or materialized view. (Querying of remote views is not supported.)

Syntax

SCORE(label NUMBER)
label

Specify a number to identify the score produced by the query. Use this number to identify the CONTAINS clause which returns this score.

Example

Single CONTAINS

When the SCORE operator is called (for example, in a SELECT clause), the CONTAINS clause must reference the score label value as in the following example:

SELECT SCORE(1), title from newsindex 
           WHERE CONTAINS(text, 'oracle', 1) > 0 ORDER BY SCORE(1) DESC;

Multiple CONTAINS

Assume that a news database stores and indexes the title and body of news articles separately. The following query returns all the documents that include the words Oracle in their title and java in their body. The articles are sorted by the scores for the first CONTAINS (Oracle) and then by the scores for the second CONTAINS (java).

SELECT title, body, SCORE(10), SCORE(20)
FROM news
WHERE CONTAINS (news.title, 'Oracle', 10) > 0 OR
CONTAINS (news.body, 'java', 20) > 0 
ORDER BY SCORE(10), SCORE(20);

Related Topics

CONTAINS

Appendix F, " The Oracle Text Scoring Algorithm"