I read throught the discussion group regarding proximity searches. There
have been some discussions about proximity searches since about 1998,
all of which noted that SWISH -E does not support proximity searches.
However, now it does support phrase searches -- the closest kind of
proximity, and it looked like the index contains a number that looks
like the distance of a word from the start of the document-- something
that would be necessary for the phrase search.(but I guess this
could be the word count described by one of the earlier commenters.)
My questions are:
a) Does the index now contain a word distance from the start of a
b) Does the phrase search represent a kind of proximity search as I
c) Is there now something in the works for defining proximity in terms
of word counts?
On a slightly different note. The tags do provide a way to find a word
(or phrase) within a particular tag. Is htere a way to find word A AND
word B between a particular instance of a tag pair. The way we interpret
ANd logic about words in relation to tags, there is no accounting for
whether two words were found in the same instance of a tag pair. or
whether one word was found in the first instance of a tag pair and the
other word in another instance.
So you could not tell the difference between the two cases when looking
for Hello world.
<tag a> Hello World < tag a/>
<tag a> hello <tag a/>
<tag a> world <tag /a>
This is important to our application where we may have diagnoses made up
of an anatomic part and and a pathology part e.g.
<diagnosis> Prostate benign < diagnosis>
< diagnosis > Colon cancer < diagnosis>
Think SWISH-E would find this document contains Prostate cancer>
Many thanks for any information.
Director, Regenstrief Institute
Regenstrief Professor of Medical Informatics
Distinguished Professor of Medicine
Indiana University School of Medicine
1050 Wishard Blvd RG5
Indianapolis IN 46202-2872
Received on Tue Aug 20 15:31:46 2002