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AnalysisProcessData.java

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package org.apache.uima.analysis_engine;

import org.apache.uima.cas.CAS;
import org.apache.uima.util.ProcessTrace;

/**
 * Encapsulates all data that is modified by an <code>AnalysisEngine</code>'s
 * {@link AnalysisEngine#process(AnalysisProcessData,ResultSpecification)} method. This currently
 * includes:
 * <ul>
 * <li>The {@link CAS Common Analysis System(CAS)}, from which the AnalysisEngine obtains the
 * information to be processed, and to which the AnalysisEngine writes new annotation information.</li>
 * <li>The {@link ProcessTrace} object, which is used to record which AnalysisEngine components
 * have executed and information, such as timing, about that execution.</li>
 * </ul>
 * <p>
 * In a tightly-coupled system, a single <code>AnalysisProcessData</code> object is shared by
 * multiple AnalysisEngines.
 * <p>
 * In a loosely-coupled system, the <code>AnalysisProcessData</code> object is transmitted between
 * remote AnalysisEngine services.
 * 
 * @deprecated
 */
@Deprecated
00045 public interface AnalysisProcessData {

  /**
   * Gets the Common Analysis System ({@link CAS}), from which the AnalysisEngine obtains the
   * information to be processed, and to which the AnalysisEngine writes new annotation information.
   * 
   * @return a reference to the CAS used by the AnalysisEngine
   */
  public CAS getCAS();

  /**
   * Gets the {@link ProcessTrace} object, which is used to record which AnalysisEngine components
   * have executed and information, such as timing, about that execution.
   * 
   * @return a reference to the <code>ProcessTrace</code> object used by the AnalysisEngine
   */
  public ProcessTrace getProcessTrace();
}

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