? and *
? and * can both be used in queries within agents. They are not used for searches withing the Digimind Content Factory.
The * can be used to filter alerts from the URL Store.
? replaces one symbol, included the space.
If I would like to search for dog or dogs I can write dog?
* replaces more than one symbol
dog* is the same as dog, dogs, doggies, dog-eared, dogsbody, etc.
combining * and ? with " " and ( )
The quotation marks " " look for a specific string of letters or symbols. For example "dog biscuit".
It is therefore not possible to use ? or * inside them.
A query of "dog biscuit?" would only bring back results containing phrases like "Would you like a dog biscuit?"
However, it is possible to use both ? and * inside ( ).
A query of (dog* OR cat*) AND biscuit would bring back results about biscuits and cats, cat, catastrophe, dog, dog-eared, etc.
Using * and ? in a smart way
- for plurals - dog / dogs = dog?
- for differences in international spelling - color / colour = colo?r
- for the roots of words with more than one ending - articulate / articulation / articulated = articulat*