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Human OR Boolean

Today I was talking to someone again about searching. He explained that he used AND to join two things. I asked whether he ever used OR. His answer was no, and when I asked why, he said:

“If I use OR, I get both A AND B – that’s too many results”

Another example of how the boolean language doesn’t match plain language…

One Response to “Human OR Boolean”

  1. Column Two Says:

    Do boolean searches make sense?

    Donna Maurer has written two interesting blog entries on whether “normal” users understand how boolean terms (AND, OR, etc) work when searching. The first blog entry discussed ANDing, while the second rounds out the topic neatly with a user’s comments…