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Part: 5 Appendices > Understanding Proximity Operators

Understanding Proximity Operators

Verity's proximity operators specify how close together search words must be within a document for it to count as a match. For example, if you are looking for rules about where smoking is permitted, you might want only documents that have the words smoking and permitted sitting pretty close to one another within the actual text. A document that has the word smoking at the beginning and the word permitted way at the end probably won't interest you. The proximity operators include NEAR, NEAR/N, PARAGRAPH, and SENTENCE.

The NEAR operator specifies that you are most interested in those documents in which the search words are closest together. Verity considers all documents in which the words are within 1,000 words of each other to be “found,” but the closer together the words are, the higher the document's score is, which means it will be up at the top of the list. The following is an example:


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