Bing CAN'T SEARCH FOR EXACT STRINGS!?! What am I doing wrong?
Thread poster: Michael Beijer

Michael Beijer  Identity Verified
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Nov 12, 2015

OK, I finally tried Bing (I always use Google), but it seems IT CAN'T SEARCH FOR EXACT STRINGS!?! What am I doing wrong?

Michael

PS: I first asked this question on Twitter (https://twitter.com/michaelbeijer/status/664185377868107776 ), but no one replied, so I thought I would try here.

PPS: It's also being discussed here: http://webapps.stackexchange.com/questions/18925/quotation-marks-do-not-work-in-bing (no real solutions yet)


 

Adrien Esparron
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Are you sure? Nov 12, 2015

Michael Beijer wrote:

OK, I finally tried Bing (I always use Google), but it seems IT CAN'T SEARCH FOR EXACT STRINGS!?! What am I doing wrong?



Don't know if you are doing wrong, but I have not the problem :

http://wikisend.com/download/927458/Moscow.png

Regards

PS - Have a look to the Bing Query Language :
https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff795609.aspx




[Modifié le 2015-11-12 11:23 GMT]


 

Meta Arkadia
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Curly? Nov 12, 2015

Adrien Esparron wrote:
...but I have not the problem


No problems here either. Could it be the shape of the quotation marks? An alternative would be to use dots rather than spaces (and no quotation marks):

Mowcow.is.a.beautiful.city

Cheers,

Hans


 

Michael Beijer  Identity Verified
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Strange, I must be doing something wrong. Nov 12, 2015

Here's what it looks like on my computer:

In Comodo Dragon:
Bing-search-in-Comodo-Dragon.pngIn Firefox:
Bing-search-in-Firefox.pngIn IE11:
Bing-search-in-IE11.png

Michael


 

Alison MacG  Identity Verified
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Possible workarounds? Nov 12, 2015

Location seems to be one issue. Here in the UK, using bing.com or bing.co.uk, I get the same results as you. However, using bing.fr, I can reproduce Adrien's results.

Stop words, such as "a" and "is" within the string seem to be another issue. Sticking with bing.co.uk or bing.com, it is still possible to reproduce Adrien's results using a preceding "+", i.e. +"Moscow is a very beautiful city"

See:
bing listens
Advanced search phrases and operators
Symbol
+
Function
Finds webpages that contain all the terms that are preceded by the + symbol. Also allows you to include terms that are usually ignored.
https://binglistens.uservoice.com/knowledgebase/articles/559728-advanced-search-phrases-and-operators


 

Michael Beijer  Identity Verified
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Wow, thanks for the tip re preceding my search string with a "+" Nov 12, 2015

Alison MacG wrote:

Location seems to be one issue. Here in the UK, using bing.com or bing.co.uk, I get the same results as you. However, using bing.fr, I can reproduce Adrien's results.

Stop words, such as "a" and "is" within the string seem to be another issue. Sticking with bing.co.uk or bing.com, it is still possible to reproduce Adrien's results using a preceding "+", i.e. +"Moscow is a very beautiful city"

See:
bing listens
Advanced search phrases and operators
Symbol
+
Function
Finds webpages that contain all the terms that are preceded by the + symbol. Also allows you to include terms that are usually ignored.
https://binglistens.uservoice.com/knowledgebase/articles/559728-advanced-search-phrases-and-operators


I suppose the fact that I haven't heard anyone complain about this yet here on the site shows just how many people are actually using Bing. In any case, I will try it out for a week or so, as I am curious what Microsoft are up to.

Michael


 

Meta Arkadia
Local time: 19:31
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On the other hand... Nov 12, 2015

Michael Beijer wrote:
suppose the fact that I haven't heard anyone complain about this yet here on the site shows just how many people are actually using Bing.


... it also shows how tremendously slow vetting is on this forum.

Cheers,

Hans


 


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