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Old 08-24-2006, 08:06 PM
Rbrux Rbrux is online now
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Complex Search guidance

I make extensive use of UR's advanced search facilities.

I continue to struggle however, with the operation of 'nested' searches (I think that's what they are called - I'm talking about searches that have the appearance of an outline).

Although I can usually structure a search that returns the results that I want and expect, it often involves much trial and error. Sometimes I just cannot understand why a particular search picks up (or fails to pick up) a particluar item.

Would it be possible for Kinook (whether by expanding the help manual or by a post to this forum) to provide some more detail about how nested searches work. A few example searches with notes comparing and explaining the particular results generated would greatly assist.
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Old 08-25-2006, 10:28 AM
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If this doesn't help
http://www.ultrarecall.com/Manual/se...aindenting.htm

provide some details on a search you're having difficulty constructing.
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Old 10-27-2006, 11:51 PM
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multiple OR-AND trees

an example search i'm having trouble creating is one that lists "interesting" tasks where an interesting task is:

Code:
@Category does not equal deferred
and @Next action equals Yes
and Date completed equals ""
   and ( Due date equals ""
   or @category does not equal waiting
   and Due date less than or equal to 1 week from today
   or @Category equals waiting
   and Due date less than or equal to today  )
however, a task with category = waiting, due date 3 days from now shows up in the results.

the complex search is indented like above resulting in what i think is the correct parenthesization. I'm assuming that an expression x and y or z and w will have both x and y, z and w evaluated first before doing the 'or' of the two.
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Old 10-30-2006, 10:07 AM
kevina kevina is online now
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The ORs in your criteria are likely not doing what you are expecting, my guess is that you really something like this:

Code:
@Category does not equal deferred
and @Next action equals Yes
and Date completed equals ""
   and ( Due date equals ""
     or (@category does not equal waiting
     and Due date less than or equal to 1 week from today)
       or (@Category equals waiting
       and Due date less than or equal to today)  )
which would be indented as above.
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