finding all the hits
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Posted 16 March 2007 - 10:11 PM
The meaning of the "hits" count takes all of us awhile to get used to.
To illustrate how it works, a search in the NRSV for:
time <WITHIN 8 Words> day
finds 58 hits in 29 verses. The results look like:
Ex. 34.21 Six days you shall work, but on the seventh day you shall rest; even in plowing time and in harvest time you shall rest.
Since no verses have the word "time" or "day" occuring twice within 8 words of the other, the count total is exactly double the verse count.
But change the search to:
time <WITHIN 9 Words> day
and the result is 66 hits in 32 verses. The inflated number of hits is because two more occurence of the two terms within 9 words of each other occurs in one verse.
2Cor. 6.2 For he says,
“At an acceptable time I have listened to you,
and on a day of salvation I have helped you.”
See, now is the acceptable time; see, now is the day of salvation!
Or, more simply, search for:
nose <WITHIN 3 Words> rings
and the single result of
Is. 3.21 the signet rings and nose rings;
reads 3 hits and 1 verse.
I typically find the hits figure no help at all unless I'm looking for one term.
I have long thought that a more helpful figure would be returning "2 matches" for that search. Anyone with RegEx experience would appreciate the distinction here.
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