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LowLevelIndex.java

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package org.apache.uima.cas.impl;

/**
 * Low-level FS index object. Use to obtain low-level iterators.
 * 
 */
00026 public interface LowLevelIndex {

  /**
   * Get a low-level, FS reference iterator.
   * 
   * @return An iterator for this index.
   */
  LowLevelIterator ll_iterator();

  /**
   * Get a low-level, FS reference iterator. This iterator can be disambiguated. This means that
   * only non-overlapping annotations will be returned. Non-annotation FSs will be filtered in this
   * mode.
   * 
   * @param ambiguous
   *          When set to <code>false</code>, iterator will be disambiguated.
   * @return An iterator for this index.
   */
  LowLevelIterator ll_iterator(boolean ambiguous);
  
  /**
   * Get a low-level, FS reference iterator specifying instances of
   * the precise type <b>only</b> (i.e. without listing the subtypes).
   * 
   * @return An iterator for the root type of this index.
   */
  LowLevelIterator ll_rootIterator();

  /**
   * Get the number of FSs in this index.
   * 
   * @return The size of this index.
   */
  int size();

  int ll_compare(int ref1, int ref2);
}

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