The following operators can be used to better focus your queries.
( ) , AND, OR, NOT, W/#
? single char wildcard, not at start
* multi char wildcard, not at start
(Cat? OR feline) AND NOT dog?
Cat? W/5 behavior
(Cat? OR feline) AND traits
Cat AND charact*
This guide provides a more detailed description of the syntax that is supported along with examples.
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Concept search eliminates the need for complex Boolean syntax to inform retrieval. Our Semantic Gist engine uses advanced cognitive semantic analysis to extract the meaning of data. This reduces the chances of missing valuable information, that may result from traditional keyword searching.
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