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Read the Quick Start Guide ? If not, follow the link to get started with Digger. Otherwise, check out the information below for more on Digger's search interface.



Basic Search Results

While Digger's search takes place, you'll get the chance to see the top three keyword search results. These basic search results are the same sort of thing you might find with any search engine. Not having the semantic power of a Digger search, the results will be limited. If one of these looks good, feel free to click on it. Otherwise, you'll see the results of Digger's semantic search in just a few seconds.

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Advanced Search Results

The real Digger search results show up next. You'll see them just underneath the keyword interface. These results take a few seconds longer, because Digger is performing a semantic search on your query. What does that mean? This means that Digger is analyzing your words, figuring out what you might have meant, and checking alternate terms. A Digger search involves understanding the relationship between your query and real world knowledge. That's the power of Digger.

Context Words

The Context words input field that appears below the Search for field allows you to optionally enter words and phrases that typically are associated with the information you're trying to find. Context words don't have to exist in the pages being searched, rather they help the semantic engine disambiguate terms and select the correct sense of the keywords for which you're searching. Negative context words can also be entered by preceding them with a hyphen (e.g., for the keyword crash as related to finance, context words might include: economy money -collision -accident).

More Senses

Aside from selecting, editing , adding , or discussing a sense, clicking on the drop down menu lets you rate the senses of any given word. Giving a sense five stars indicates that you feel it is extremely common, while one star indicates a rarely used sense of a word. Just click on the number of stars you think is best. At first, you'll see the Digger community rating in red stars. After you score the word, the color of the stars will change from red to orange to reflect your rating.

Also, you might be interested to know that the order of the senses isn't arbitrary. The drop down list is based on Digger's guess as to what sense you may have meant. The senses closer to the top of the list are the ones Digger thought were more likely to be your intended meaning.

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Variations

Once your Digger results appear, you will notice variations for each of the search terms you entered. These words were chosen as alternate search terms. Click on the check box next to each word to select or deselect it as a search variation. Checked words will be considered equivalent to the word you typed, and will help to broaden the scope of your results. Being able to select the variations you want to use, you have unprecedented power to infuse your search with the idea of exactly what you're looking for.

Show More Variations

When you click on the Show More link, the list will expand. The expanded list will show all of the selected and unselected variations that currently exist for that sense.

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Show Fewer Variations

Once you've chosen the variations you want to use in your search, click on Show Fewer to shrink the list to its original size.

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Dig Again

The Dig Again button will unlock once you've chosen alternate senses, selected or deselected variations, or made any sort of change to the search parameters. Click the Dig Again button to see the new search results, based on your changes.

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Reset

If you would like to see search results based on the Digger community lexicon rather than on changes you've made, click the Reset button. The Reset button not only uses the community lexicon, but the community scores and the default senses as well. The button won't unlock until you've made at least one change to the initial search. Reset.png

Saving, Sharing, and Bookmarking Searches

Way down at the bottom of the screen you'll notice three valuable links. The first lets you save your search on Digger. When you click on Save this search , a dialog box will appear that lets you overwrite an existing search or create a new one. Saved searches are accessible via the Saved Searches link at the top of the Digger screen, or through the Settings link. The second link lets you share your search with a friend. When you click on Share this search , a dialog box appears that lets you email a link to your search results. If you like, you can also include a message. The third link lets you bookmark your search results on your del.icio.us account.

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Feedback

If you click on this link...

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...the following dialog box appears, which you can use to send the Digger staff questions and comments about your search results.

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