Questions about searching via the API, typically using the /search method.

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StackOverflow Search

Screenshot (Click for larger image) About StackOverflow Search is a Windows 8.1 App that allows one to search questions and answers in the Stack Overflow database. License Free. ...
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Searching on Stack Overflow and using the API give different results?

I am trying to use the Stack Exchange API to see the trends on different topics. Looking at the API documentation, I see that I could do this using the /search path (it's documented that this method ...
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How to search answers like is:answer

How can I use the API to search for answers containing particular text or with particular properties? For example, this link allows me to search for is:answer foo, that is, answers containing foo. Can ...
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Why is there a difference between “questions” and “search” in API?

I have a query to find the number of questions tagged java from 2012-08-01 to 2013-08-01. Running this using both /questions and /search produces different results: ...
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Advanced search API not returning data for “phonegap” tag

I am trying to gather results from the API for the tag phonegap but the API is not returning any data. I am using /search/advanced and get nothing back for November: { "items": [], ...
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The “advanced search” path returns very wrong results for the `q` parameter

I'm trying to search for a string. It's a hardware identifier 10ec:8168 and should be unique to that make/model of chip. Any questions that mention is should be relevant. But compare the site search ...
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Parameter `tagged` in `search/advanced` seems to use `AND` instead of `OR`

It seems that search/advanced has the same problem as in "The tagged parameter does not work with multiple tags" question. When I select c#; .net I only get results tagged both c# and .net: ...
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Stack Overflow Instant Search

Screenshot About I love the concept of instant search that Google introduced. Stack Overflow Instant Search does exactly that - it brings (almost) instant search to Stack Overflow. The results ...
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Search links (Stack, Google, Symbolhound) next to the search box, for tab opening

Screenshot About Adds three links next to the search box. Allows to open the regular Stackoverflow search in a new tab, or search using Google, or Symbolhound. Proved useful to find ...
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Script to convert a search on a StackExchange site to a Google search of that site

Screenshot / Code Snippet About Adds a Google button below the Search button on the search page which takes you to a Google search restricted to the current Stack Exchange site but with the ...
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How do I search for a specific question whose url I know?

I was wondering if there is a feature in the API that I could use to retrieve various features of a question on the Stack Exchange network when I know the actual URL of the question.
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Is there a difference between the API search and the search from within the site?

I'm curious if the search results from the API is calculated the same way as the searches from within the sites themselves? Is there a difference between the two? If so, what are the difference?
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Script to add a “Related Tags” module for search on all Stack Exchange sites

Screenshot / Code Snippet About Back in May A.Danesh asked "How can I see related tag for a search query?". I didn't actually see this question at the time but by September I started wondering ...
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The migrated predicate on advanced_search seems underachieving

What does the migrated parameter to the advanced_search method mean? Setting it to true on CS finds only one question that has been migrated away, out of several: { "items": [ { ...
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Advanced search by title doesn't filter on the title

Searching by title on the advanced search method doesn't restrict the results to posts containing the specified text as a word or even substring. Varying the string has some influence, but I can't ...
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View count restriction isn't working for /search/advanced.

I have constructed the following URL, but the questions returned don't contain anywhere near 50k views, despite the query string parameter: ...
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Is there an app for searching Stack Overflow?

I was thinking about how I often use the Stack Overflow "ask a question" area as a search engine, rather than searching Google first. I know I'm more likely to find my answer by doing this. I was ...
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Is there a Stack Exchange API allows research on the body?

I want to use the Stack Exchange API to perform research on the question/answer's body but it seems impossible. Is that the case? If not, how do I go about doing it?
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Let me Ask Jon Skeet for you (LMAJSFY)

Let me Ask Jon Skeet for you (LMAJSFY) For all those people who find it more convenient to bother you with their question rather than Ask Jon Skeet for themselves. Enter your search term and click ...
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StackExchange Google Search

Code // ==UserScript== // @name StackExchange Google Search // @description Google questions if query begins with "gq:" and user profiles if query begins with "gu:". // @version 1.1 ...
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SymbolHound Search

Code // ==UserScript== // @name StackExchange SymbolHound Search // @description Uses SymbolHound instead of regular search if query begins with "sh:". // @version 1.1 // @include ...
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Unable to sort /search results by creation_date

I think I may have stumbled upon a bug in /search and I'll try to describe it as best as I can. What works: Create a /search query with the following parameters: fromdate: 2012-01-24 order: desc ...
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The Ask Ubuntu Lens for Unity

Screenshot About If you're running Ubuntu with Unity, this Lens will put Ask Ubuntu right next to your files and applications in the Unity Dash. Via filters, you can select any other Stack ...
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stack.horizobu.com - an exploration engine

Screenshot About stack.horizobu.com is a search engine for the various Stack Exchange question and answer sites. horizobu assists you in your search by suggesting related query terms. The ...
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Is there a maximum on the number of search results returned (using the SO API)?

I was trying to do statistics on post from some not-too-popular tags like matlab, using the search method. It appears that it will never return a total larger than 2000. Is this a hard limit that ...
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Greasemonkey Script: Show all results from a search, even if they would be hidden by your ignored tags

greasemonkey script to make it so no questions are hidden based on their tags when you are searching I'm currently ignoring the Perl tag because I don't know anything about it, but occasional I want ...
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Google Search Results Integration (Chrome Extension)

Screenshots About Google Chrome Extension that adds a new tab to StackOverflow search results that uses Google magic formula for relevance. It does this by opening Google search in a ...
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nottagged only works when tagged is set (/search)

On the /search route, the nottagged parameter doesn't work properly (at least it isn't specially documented to only work at certain times) For example: ...
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Ask Jon Skeet - A Search Engine

Ask Jon Skeet A Search engine for questions answered by Jon Skeet. Screenshot About A search engine that focuses on questions asked on Stack Overflow and answered by Jon Skeet. As Jon Skeet is ...
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API 'search' method with 'min' parameter

If you search for questions posted on time 1296897085 or later (by specifying sort=creation and min=1296897085), it may still return questions posted before that date: ...
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API 'search' method with 'tagged' parameter

From the docs for tagged paremeter: List of tags delimited by semi-colons of which at least one must be on a question Yet, when I execute this query ...
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Does Lucene back the API search now?

With the announcement that Lucene is being used for site searches does it cover the API as well?
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Non-verbatim search strings in py-stackexchange

Hello, I am writing a python program with py-stackexchange that takes a query and returns a list of urls to questions with that query in the title. Here's the code: #!c:/Python27/python.exe -u ...
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Search Stack Exchange Network of Q&A sites instantly with SEInstant

About Stack Exchange search results are now fast, faster, instant! :) Following on the heels of "Google Instant," which provides search results as you type, here's "Stack Exchange Instant." Stack ...
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/search method, returning the body of the questions

Probably this is a documentation fault. For the search method, the parameter list doesn't say anything about an optional body, but looking at the Returns description shows: "body": { ...
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Can I filter Users by reputation or up_vote_count using the API?

Howdy, Is it possible to do API calls that pull back all users with, say, > 10,000 reputation? Or up_vote_count, etc. The advanced search page implies that we should use third-party search engines. ...
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Intermittent bug in the /search route when providing both tagged and nottagged parameters.

I'm getting the wrong number of results back from the /search route depending on what combination of values I provide for the tagged and nottagged parameters. Examples: ...
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How to mimic search behavior of Stack sites?

I want to mimic the behavior of the search field that can be found on all Stack sites. How should I do this? Filter by tags if all words (how exactly is this detected?) in the query are tags. ...
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/search intitle arg is case sensitive

This seriously cripples any search capabilities. Consider: http://api.stackapps.com/0.8/search?intitle=soapi&order=desc&sort=activity vs ...
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The /search route is ignoring the answers parameter.

The answers parameter was recently added to most of the requests that return a list of questions. See: Don’t include answers in question lists by default It looks like the /search request got left ...
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Finding a user given their (exact) display name

For my app, I allow people to "register" themselves on my site by typing in their Stack Overflow (etc) name. Now it does allow you to use your ID if you know it, but I find that typing in usernames is ...