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[bioontology-support] OR search using RESTful API

Trish Whetzel whetzel at
Wed Jan 16 18:26:33 PST 2013

There appears to be a bug when trying to use OR with the Search API as the results returned appear to be the same as when using AND. This issue is now reported:

I am still reviewing examples of NOT with the Search API. 


On Jan 14, 2013, at 8:00 PM, Sahni, Himanso * (FDA) wrote:

> Hello,
> Can you please provide an example of using the OR  or NOT operation as the current syntax at
> Boolean Search Options:
> () parentheses allow to enclose multiple terms joined by OR
> §  Example: "(foo bar)" will expand to "foo* OR bar*"
> - the minus sign preceding a term indicates NOT
> §  Example: "foo bar -baz" will expand to "foo* AND bar* AND NOT baz*"
> No prefix means MUST (required).
> does not work for me. If always return results of  an AND operation between the 2  terms
> ARM)&apikey=
> -ARM&apikey=
> ARM&apikey=
> all return 260 results for where only both arm and leg are present
> Himanso Sahni
> Himanso.Sahni at
> Contractor-Recombinant Data Corp.
> HSahni at
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