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  1. Lucene - Core
  2. LUCENE-4682

Reduce wasted bytes in FST due to array arcs



    • Type: Improvement
    • Status: Open
    • Priority: Minor
    • Resolution: Unresolved
    • Affects Version/s: None
    • Fix Version/s: None
    • Component/s: core/FSTs
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      When a node is close to the root, or it has many outgoing arcs, the FST writes the arcs as an array (each arc gets N bytes), so we can e.g. bin search on lookup.

      The problem is N is set to the max(numBytesPerArc), so if you have an outlier arc e.g. with a big output, you can waste many bytes for all the other arcs that didn't need so many bytes.

      I generated Kuromoji's FST and found it has 271187 wasted bytes vs total size 1535612 = ~18% wasted.

      It would be nice to reduce this.

      One thing we could do without packing is: in addNode, if we detect that number of wasted bytes is above some threshold, then don't do the expansion.

      Another thing, if we are packing: we could record stats in the first pass about which nodes wasted the most, and then in the second pass (paack) we could set the threshold based on the top X% nodes that waste ...

      Another idea is maybe to deref large outputs, so that the numBytesPerArc is more uniform ...


        1. fstByteStats.txt
          16 kB
          Michael McCandless
        2. LUCENE-4682.patch
          5 kB
          Robert Muir
        3. kuromoji.wasted.bytes.txt
          256 kB
          Michael McCandless

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