search argument


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search argument

[′sərch ‚ar·gyə·mənt]
(computer science)
The item or condition that is desired in a search procedure.
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When he clicks the Insert Word button, that word is inserted as part of the search argument.
The claimant went on to argue a state speech argument instead of a search argument.
Searching can be done by using one or more search arguments.
One might wish to retrieve only references for a date range specified in the search argument, but create from them a listing organized by descriptor.
In their study of the transaction logs generated by remote users of the MELVYL system, Millsap and Ferl (1993) found that remote users seemed to have difficulties constructing search arguments acceptable to the system, typing their arguments correctly, choosing search terms that resulted in some retrievals but not too many, and choosing the appropriate database.
This feature - the ability to record no hits for certain search arguments and thereby to rule out certain individuals, places and so on - is especially important in the context of criminal investigation.

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