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[bioontology-support] search and exact_match

Ray Fergerson ray.fergerson at
Mon Aug 4 14:03:13 PDT 2014

It does appear that the exact_match parameter is not working as expected. 
The default should be “true” but is documented as false. In any case, the 
following works:

Exact match:

Partial match: 
<*> *

I will file a bug report on the parameter.


From: bioontology-support 
[mailto:bioontology-support-bounces at] On Behalf Of David 
Sent: Monday, August 4, 2014 12:03 PM
To: support at
Subject: [bioontology-support] search and exact_match

Good day. I am trying to leverage partial term searching.

When I access:

I get results from NDFRT, SNOMEDCT, etc.

​When I attempt:

​I get no results.​When I explicitly set exact_match=false (which should be the default): 
<> &q=erlot

​I still see no results.

How does one conduct a search using partial word searches?

I have also attempted to specify an ontology and it does not work.​Partial search results seem inconsistent, as well:​Each query returns a single result, but the results are different. I would 
expect to see the result when searching for "pancrea" included in the search 
results for "pancre" but that is not the case. Can you elaborate on how this 
search is being executed?

Thank you,


David Park
(m) +1.317.270.4287
daviddpark at gmail dot com

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