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[bioontology-support] Question about SNOMEDCT ontology and wildcard searching

Ray Fergerson ray.fergerson at
Tue Aug 12 14:04:35 PDT 2014

OK, this is very confusing. Our search guy is on vacation but I will take 
this up with him when he is back next week.

The problem is that adding the “*” also brings along the requirement of 
“starts with”.  This is not obvious, to put it mildly. This comes about, no 
doubt, because we just the first form for general search while we use the 
second form the autocomplete mechanism in the “jump to” box. Experience led 
us to doing “starts with” in the autocomplete in order to get reasonable 
behavior. We need to sort this out. Also its appears that the “-“ character 
in the string is just ignored. I am not sure why.

It will be a couple of weeks before this is sorted out. Sorry.


From: bioontology-support 
[mailto:bioontology-support-bounces at] On Behalf Of David 
Sent: Tuesday, August 12, 2014 12:13 PM
To: support at
Subject: [bioontology-support] Question about SNOMEDCT ontology and wildcard 

Good day. I have noticed what I believe to be an issue with wildcard 
matching, but it may be isolated to the SNOMEDCT ontology.

Please have a look at the results between the following two queries: 

​I believe that the results from the first query ​should be present when 
executing the wild card query as well. If I am wrong, can you please help me 

Thank you so much for this great product.

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

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