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Document number

Because we have made the first stage of our processing flexible with respect to how a corpus extends across multiple files, in general, {two} numbers will uniquely identify each of your documents: its file number and document number within that file. For that reason, and because each posting must retain a unique identifier for each document, it becomes important to construct a single number that folds them together. Maintaining a single integer, instead of two integers, therefore becomes a worthwhile space saving.

One simple way to accomplish this is to multiply the document's file number by some number larger than the maximum number of documents within any file, then add its document number. Just how large a number this must be, whether your machine/compiler efficiently supports integers this large (or whether you are better off keeping the two numbers separate) will vary considerably. For this reason it makes good sense to isolate these issues in a separate routine.


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