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adma84 11-27-2012 05:39 AM

Improvements to FAQ on Searching
 
I am a developer and use logical AND/OR multiple times a day. I found the SD FAQ on searching very confusing however. From the FAQ

Quote:

"notebook | laptop" will be looking for both notebook OR laptop
This phrase is confusing. Should it not be written: "notebook | laptop" will be looking for either notebook OR laptop?

Syntactically, I don't really understand how this differs from the following comment

Quote:

"notebook" | "laptop" however will be looking for either notebook OR laptop
I only bring this up because I have difficulty in understanding the returned search results. For example:

@title "LED TV" | @title "LCD TV" returns only a few results while @title ""LCD|LED" TV" returns better results.

What if I want a search where I want to look for "LED OR LCD" AND "TV OR HDTV" in the title only?, but I want the search to be position independent? In other words this should find both LED HDTV and TV LCD or HDTV Panasonic LED?

Thanks in advance. I am sure that the search works just fine, I just can't wrap my mind around the syntax and how it relates to the actual search itself.

cgrady 11-27-2012 12:23 PM

For title only, it'll work better checking the title only box and not using @title at all, but if you do use @title, for instance if you're prepping a search for a deal alert, use it only once.

For your TV query, you'll want something like this:

@title (LED|LCD) (TV|HDTV)

adma84 11-27-2012 01:19 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by cgrady (Post 55400630)
For title only, it'll work better checking the title only box and not using @title at all, but if you do use @title, for instance if you're prepping a search for a deal alert, use it only once.

For your TV query, you'll want something like this:

@title (LED|LCD) (TV|HDTV)

Thanks, i will give this a shot. It is in fact for a deal alert.


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