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#1 Ken Han

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Posted 14 March 2014 - 01:23 PM

When I want to find, e.g. "man" and "god" appearing in the same verse with search scope set to verse I can search for:


man <and> god


which returns any verses where the words "man" and "god" are found together, in any order. This is expected.


But if I want to find a verse, e.g. that twice mentions "man" 


man <and> man


will not return what I expect, as the returned results show verses with single occurrence of "man". Searching, instead, for


man <followed by> man


will return what I expect, displaying verses that have "man" twice.


I tend to think of <and> as a condition that is satisfied only when what is left of it and right of it are both true. And that is how Accordance Help explains it. From Help: "X <AND> Z finds verses whereX and Z are both present." But when what is to the left and to the right of <and> are the **same**, then the operating logic seems inconsistent, treating "man <and> man" as equivalent to a simple string search of "man", but that is not what <and> operator implies.


I wonder if the <and> logic can be adjusted so that when what is to its left and its right are the same, <and> returns expected results of ...man...man...

Edited by Ken Han, 14 March 2014 - 01:25 PM.

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Posted 14 March 2014 - 03:51 PM

well, I should have read your post more closely and I would have seen that you've already done that




Hi Ken, you might try <FOLLOWED BY>   I think that will get you the results you're looking for.



Edited by Nicholous Rogers, 14 March 2014 - 03:55 PM.

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Posted 14 March 2014 - 06:57 PM

I can see why you are thinking along those lines but it does not match the standard use of AND in computing. In computing terms the left and right of the <AND> are treated separately. So the comparison of the left 'man' is made against the scope then the right 'man' is made against the scope. The <AND> says nothing about the relationship between the two words other than they are both found in the scope.


To be honest that is why there are other commands that are are more specific (e.g. FOLLOWED BY). It includes a relationship between the two words which must also be true.

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Posted 15 March 2014 - 12:08 AM

The Construct window is much more accurate for defining searches like this, even three occurrences or more in a scope.

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