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Apache Solr Enterprise Search Server - Third Edition by Matt Mitchell, Kranti Parisa, Eric Pugh, David Smiley

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Spatial search

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This section was written by David Smiley, a committer on Lucene/Solr specializing in spatial search.

Spatial search is the ability to find geometric information in a multidimensional space. Most information retrieval systems that support spatial data, including Solr, are limited to a two-dimensional Cartesian plane, with additional support for geospatial search in which two dimensions reference the location on the surface of a sphere.

That description is a bit abstract, so let's now review some common spatial requirements of an application. If your Solr documents represent businesses and you know where the business resides in terms of a latitude and a longitude, then you probably want to show search results (businesses) filtered ...

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