I would like to be able to filter documents based on the number of elements
in a list of nested object. In the classic example of posts, I am modeiing
the comments field as a nested field of the post type. I would like to be
able to query all posts where # comments = N.
I do not have a clear idea about how to do this, and would like some ideas
please. Here is a gist that shows what the model is like. I have created 2
comments fields - one nested and one unnested in case the methods for
doing this depend on type of object, even though in my case I really need a
I have a few options on the plate:
- Craft a query/filter that will express this constraint using a script
such as :
"doc["comments.id'].values.size() == 2"
Have an additional field called comments_count field in the post
document which is automatically maintained each time a comment is added.
Similar to #2, manually maintain a comment_count field in the post
Even if I manage to do #1, the question is how costly it will be on my
queries. I intend on using this as one of many filters in document
aggregations for a reporting console. e.g. give me breakdown of blogs by
date where #comment > 3, and post is tagged 'sport' and age of poster is >
I am indexing using the Bulk API, and even though I see a way to invoke a
script during update of a document, I don't see how this can be done during
Manually maintaining a counter field only works if I have all instances of
comments each time I update a post - this means that I'd have to read,
modify & write.
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