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

Ray Fergerson ray.fergerson at
Thu Feb 27 15:39:03 PST 2014

I'm afraid that I am lost. I don't see that "include_synonyms" is listed
as a parameter on the search function documentation. Perhaps we are
looking at a different page...  It is listed under the "resource index"
topic but this is entirely different.


-----Original Message-----
From: Dan Bolser [mailto:dan.bolser at] 
Sent: Thursday, February 27, 2014 3:05 PM
To: Ray Fergerson
Cc: support at Support
Subject: Re: [bioontology-support] Final Notice on NCBO BioPortal Old REST
API Phaseout

Why is it listed as a parameter on that page?

On 27 February 2014 22:52, Ray Fergerson <ray.fergerson at>
>> ------------------
>> Most of the fields (like with/include_synonyms) aren't explicitly 
>> documented here:
>> 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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