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Yes, you'll have to use quotes, and yes, there is some information out there, but it is not easy to get to. For me, this is a perfect example of where search engines could improve.
Got any more examples of difficult searches?
Since "and" is such a common word, as well as being a stop word, I guess there's not an easy way for the engine to return what you know you're looking for without the additional help of quotes and use of a likely phrase.
joined:Apr 13, 2002
I was researching a Chinese hero last month and I kept getting serp after serp of kung fu movie reviews or kung fu movies for sale.
I had to use five or ten negative modifiers and still had trouble finding what I was looking for (-movie -cinema -movies -reviews).
I just tried to find a special type of battery for old cars that is both 6 AND 12 volts, that was another fun one.
Slightly off topic: What was that record-slowest search? Something like a is and the he it (etc), LOL
OK maybe that's an easy one compared to "AND circuits"... but there's also the English band "The The" which is interpreted as "stopword stopword".
I'm not just talking about web searches; this sort of thing is much worse on generic searches through file-sharing programs. Not to imply that I would ever download copyrighted music.
On the other hand, hasn't search already begun to offer some degree of personality awareness. I believe it's possible to customise your results, and have better deductions made based on your search history. Or are we still just saving search history? I'm not sure since I rarely use personal accounts while searching. Maybe someone can clarify.
When the day comes that every single thing you do is stored into a database, from day one to day last, search should drastically improve for everyone.
.. hat anyone?
You are what you search for. Amazon already knows this - that's why it remembers everything I do and every page I visit, so it can suggest new items I might like. It's often right.
It takes a while for a machine to get to know you. But the more searching you do, the more the machine knows about your tastes, preferences, and yearnings. And if it doesn't know you personally, it may be able to infer your tastes from other people who have similar interests. Do you often search for jazz music? Maybe you also like Scotch Whiskey and skinny ties.
The future of search is being able to lean into your wristwatch and say "find the recipe for that noodle dish we had at Jerry & Meg's place when we visited on Kathy's birthday. Send the recipe to my wife and have the ingredients delivered by 4:00"
Try searching for (as someone who doesn't already know the answer):
What % means next to a number
The difference between === and ==
The meaning of =~, .=, <=, or >=
The meaning of $ before a variable name
Drop some of those into your favourite engine and let us know how you get on!