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[bioontology-support] Final Notice on NCBO BioPortal Old REST API Phaseout

Dan Bolser dan.bolser at gmail.com
Thu Feb 27 15:04:32 PST 2014


Why is it listed as a parameter on that page?

On 27 February 2014 22:52, Ray Fergerson <ray.fergerson at stanford.edu> wrote:
>> ------------------
>> Most of the fields (like with/include_synonyms) aren't explicitly
>> documented here:
>> http://data.bioontology.org/documentation
>>
>> RWF: the fields that are there are documented. There is currently no
>> include_synonyms switch. You always get synonyms back (except for the
>> exact_match bug, described above).
>
> Where is include_synonyms documented? What does it do? Setting
> 'include_synonyms=false' doesn't seem to affect the fields returned...
> Is it changing what fields gets searched? You could document that...
> Actually, it doesn't even affect the number of results returned, so I
> can't even guess what it's doing.
>
>
> RWF: The reason that "include_synonyms" is not documented is that it does
> not exist. There is no such parameter in the new system. Search always
> looks at synonyms. Synonym matches appear lower in the search results than
> preferred name matches but they are there.
>
> If this behavior turns out to be a problem for some users then we may
> implement a "do not include synonyms" parameter. For the moment though no
> one has asked for one and we have no plans.
>
> Ray


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