Word delimiter token filter

We recommend using the word_delimiter_graph instead of the word_delimiter filter.

The word_delimiter filter can produce invalid token graphs. See Differences between word_delimiter_graph and word_delimiter.

The word_delimiter filter also uses Lucene’s WordDelimiterFilter, which is marked as deprecated.

Splits tokens at non-alphanumeric characters. The word_delimiter filter also performs optional token normalization based on a set of rules. By default, the filter uses the following rules:

  • Split tokens at non-alphanumeric characters. The filter uses these characters as delimiters. For example: Super-DuperSuper, Duper
  • Remove leading or trailing delimiters from each token. For example: XL---42+'Autocoder'XL, 42, Autocoder
  • Split tokens at letter case transitions. For example: PowerShotPower, Shot
  • Split tokens at letter-number transitions. For example: XL500XL, 500
  • Remove the English possessive ('s) from the end of each token. For example: Neil'sNeil

The word_delimiter filter was designed to remove punctuation from complex identifiers, such as product IDs or part numbers. For these use cases, we recommend using the word_delimiter filter with the keyword tokenizer.

Avoid using the word_delimiter filter to split hyphenated words, such as wi-fi. Because users often search for these words both with and without hyphens, we recommend using the synonym_graph filter instead.

Example

The following analyze API request uses the word_delimiter filter to split Neil's-Super-Duper-XL500--42+AutoCoder into normalized tokens using the filter’s default rules:

GET /_analyze
{
  "tokenizer": "keyword",
  "filter": [ "word_delimiter" ],
  "text": "Neil's-Super-Duper-XL500--42+AutoCoder"
}

The filter produces the following tokens:

[ Neil, Super, Duper, XL, 500, 42, Auto, Coder ]

Add to an analyzer

The following create index API request uses the word_delimiter filter to configure a new custom analyzer.

PUT /my_index
{
  "settings": {
    "analysis": {
      "analyzer": {
        "my_analyzer": {
          "tokenizer": "keyword",
          "filter": [ "word_delimiter" ]
        }
      }
    }
  }
}

Avoid using the word_delimiter filter with tokenizers that remove punctuation, such as the standard tokenizer. This could prevent the word_delimiter filter from splitting tokens correctly. It can also interfere with the filter’s configurable parameters, such as catenate_all or preserve_original. We recommend using the keyword or whitespace tokenizer instead.

Configurable parameters

catenate_all

(Optional, boolean) If true, the filter produces catenated tokens for chains of alphanumeric characters separated by non-alphabetic delimiters. For example: super-duper-xl-500 → [ super, superduperxl500, duper, xl, 500 ]. Defaults to false.

When used for search analysis, catenated tokens can cause problems for the match_phrase query and other queries that rely on token position for matching. Avoid setting this parameter to true if you plan to use these queries.

catenate_numbers

(Optional, boolean) If true, the filter produces catenated tokens for chains of numeric characters separated by non-alphabetic delimiters. For example: 01-02-03 → [ 01, 010203, 02, 03 ]. Defaults to false.

When used for search analysis, catenated tokens can cause problems for the match_phrase query and other queries that rely on token position for matching. Avoid setting this parameter to true if you plan to use these queries.

catenate_words

(Optional, boolean) If true, the filter produces catenated tokens for chains of alphabetical characters separated by non-alphabetic delimiters. For example: super-duper-xl → [ super, superduperxl, duper, xl ]. Defaults to false.

When used for search analysis, catenated tokens can cause problems for the match_phrase query and other queries that rely on token position for matching. Avoid setting this parameter to true if you plan to use these queries.

generate_number_parts
(Optional, boolean) If true, the filter includes tokens consisting of only numeric characters in the output. If false, the filter excludes these tokens from the output. Defaults to true.
generate_word_parts
(Optional, boolean) If true, the filter includes tokens consisting of only alphabetical characters in the output. If false, the filter excludes these tokens from the output. Defaults to true.
preserve_original
(Optional, boolean) If true, the filter includes the original version of any split tokens in the output. This original version includes non-alphanumeric delimiters. For example: super-duper-xl-500 → [ super-duper-xl-500, super, duper, xl, 500 ]. Defaults to false.
protected_words
(Optional, array of strings) Array of tokens the filter won’t split.
protected_words_path

(Optional, string) Path to a file that contains a list of tokens the filter won’t split.

This path must be absolute or relative to the config location, and the file must be UTF-8 encoded. Each token in the file must be separated by a line break.

split_on_case_change
(Optional, boolean) If true, the filter splits tokens at letter case transitions. For example: camelCase → [ camel, Case ]. Defaults to true.
split_on_numerics
(Optional, boolean) If true, the filter splits tokens at letter-number transitions. For example: j2se → [ j, 2, se ]. Defaults to true.
stem_english_possessive
(Optional, boolean) If true, the filter removes the English possessive ('s) from the end of each token. For example: O'Neil's → [ O, Neil ]. Defaults to true.
type_table

(Optional, array of strings) Array of custom type mappings for characters. This allows you to map non-alphanumeric characters as numeric or alphanumeric to avoid splitting on those characters.

For example, the following array maps the plus (+) and hyphen (-) characters as alphanumeric, which means they won’t be treated as delimiters:

[ "+ => ALPHA", "- => ALPHA" ]

Supported types include:

  • ALPHA (Alphabetical)
  • ALPHANUM (Alphanumeric)
  • DIGIT (Numeric)
  • LOWER (Lowercase alphabetical)
  • SUBWORD_DELIM (Non-alphanumeric delimiter)
  • UPPER (Uppercase alphabetical)
type_table_path

(Optional, string) Path to a file that contains custom type mappings for characters. This allows you to map non-alphanumeric characters as numeric or alphanumeric to avoid splitting on those characters.

For example, the contents of this file may contain the following:

# Map the $, %, '.', and ',' characters to DIGIT
# This might be useful for financial data.
$ => DIGIT
% => DIGIT
. => DIGIT
\\u002C => DIGIT

# in some cases you might not want to split on ZWJ
# this also tests the case where we need a bigger byte[]
# see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zero-width_joiner
\\u200D => ALPHANUM

Supported types include:

  • ALPHA (Alphabetical)
  • ALPHANUM (Alphanumeric)
  • DIGIT (Numeric)
  • LOWER (Lowercase alphabetical)
  • SUBWORD_DELIM (Non-alphanumeric delimiter)
  • UPPER (Uppercase alphabetical)

This file path must be absolute or relative to the config location, and the file must be UTF-8 encoded. Each mapping in the file must be separated by a line break.

Customize

To customize the word_delimiter filter, duplicate it to create the basis for a new custom token filter. You can modify the filter using its configurable parameters.

For example, the following request creates a word_delimiter filter that uses the following rules:

  • Split tokens at non-alphanumeric characters, except the hyphen (-) character.
  • Remove leading or trailing delimiters from each token.
  • Do not split tokens at letter case transitions.
  • Do not split tokens at letter-number transitions.
  • Remove the English possessive ('s) from the end of each token.
PUT /my_index
{
  "settings": {
    "analysis": {
      "analyzer": {
        "my_analyzer": {
          "tokenizer": "keyword",
          "filter": [ "my_custom_word_delimiter_filter" ]
        }
      },
      "filter": {
        "my_custom_word_delimiter_filter": {
          "type": "word_delimiter",
          "type_table": [ "- => ALPHA" ],
          "split_on_case_change": false,
          "split_on_numerics": false,
          "stem_english_possessive": true
        }
      }
    }
  }
}