Today I’d like to highlight the challenge of search functionality in Chinese. In this article, we will go through the main difficulties of full-text search implementation for CJK languages and how to overcome them with the help of Manticore Search.
The Chinese language belongs to the so-called CJK language family (Chinese, Japanese, and Korean). They are probably the most complicated languages for full-text search implement as in them word meanings heavily depend on numerous hieroglyphs variations and their sequences and the characters are not split up into words.
Chinese languages specifics:
So what’s the point? To find an exact match in a full-text search, we have to face the challenge of tokenization whose main task is to break down the text into low-level units of values that can be searched by the user.
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