Example - Item Search Expressions

Below are a few sample search expressions for your review.

Simple Search Expression

Item Search Expression: "Jim Smith"

This will return any items that contain the phrase "Jim Smith" in the searched fields.

The table below demonstrates how items containing specific data would be treated.

Value

Result

Jim Smith

True

Mr. Jim Smith

True

Jim, Smith

False

Jim, Jon

False

Search Expression with OR logic

Item Search Expression: Jim, Smith

This breaks the expression into two OR sub-tests, if either of these sub-tests resolve to true the item is a match.

OR

Item_Search_Expression2.png

The table below demonstrates how items containing specific data would be treated.

Value

Result

Jim Smith

True

Mr. Jim Smith

True

Jim, Smith

True

Jim, Jon

True

Search Expression with AND logic

In the above examples results you might notice that the last item is one that you don't want. To remove this from the result set you can use AND logic.

Item Search Expression: Jim Smith

This test then becomes Jim AND Smith, meaning both words must be found for the item to be considered a match.

The table below demonstrates how items containing specific data would be treated.

Value

Result

Jim Smith

True

Mr. Jim Smith

True

Jim, Smith

True

Jim, Jon

False

Search Expression with combined AND / OR logic

Item Search Expression: Jim Smith, James Smith, Mr. Smith

Item_Search_Expression3.png

The table below demonstrates how items containing specific data would be treated.

Value

Result

Jim Smith

True

Mr. Jim Smith

True

James, Smith

True

Jim, Jon

False

Search Expression with combined AND / OR and Phrase logic

Item_Search_Expression1.png

In the above example you can see that the commas break the expression into three separate tests each of which are on their own line. If a test on any line matches an item then the item matches.

OR

OR


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