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Questions tagged [search]

For questions about built-in search functionality of this site and about searching this site using external search engines.

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Trying to ask a question provides better results than normal search.

I have noticed this interesting behavior several times now. Many a time I scour Math SE looking for a particular query but fail to find anything even after several rounds of rephrasing and ...
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“Maybe answered questions” box on “Ask Question” page is much more useful than “Search Q&A”

I often find that "Search Q&A" is quite useless when I want to find a question or something related to it. But I've also noticed that when I'm about to ask a question, the "Questions that may ...
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Improving the search system

When recognizing some questions as duplicates, sometimes it is difficult to find the original question one remembers. For instance, I recently saw a question asking to prove that $$\forall x\in(-1,1),\...
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Help me find an original for questions like “Why $(-1)^{ab} \ne [(-1)^a]^b$ when $a, b, \in \Bbb R$?”

There are many questions that boil down to "why is it not true that $(-1)^{ab} = [(-1)^a]^b$ (or $z^{ab} = (z^a)^b$) for $z \in \Bbb C$ and $a, b \in \Bbb R$ (or $\Bbb C$)?" and, respectively, "...
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How effectively to search through MSE resources

I'm on MSE one year but I'm still don't know how to effectively search through MSE resources to get required information. The search machine is very inaccurate and rarely gives high quality response. ...
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Provide a way to search for a user's answers to closed questions

The only notification one gets that a question they've answered has met with others' dissatisfaction is when it has been deleted and their reputation is reduced. It would be nice if a user, who has ...
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Search queries involving symbols and/or $\TeX{}$

Currently some (most?) fairly crucial symbols such as = and ^ are truncated in search queries, making it pretty tough to find ...
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Find earlier questions about $x^2 - 3 x = 2 y^2$

a question I answered, Solving the nonlinear Diophantine equation $x^2-3x=2y^2$ has apparently not helped the student enough. I answered his email today, maybe that will help. In particular, I ...
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Searching for text in questions I have answered

The question pendulum modeling is essentially a duplicate of the question mathematical model of a pendulum. I had supplied an answer to the older one and wanted to find it. I searched on my user ...
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search among formerly featured questions

As far as I know, there is no “been formerly attributed a bounty” tag in the search options? I tend to like featured questions even when the bounty is no longer active and such a feature would be ...
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Not having pure Latex as titles

A few times I have been told to not to turn the titles to Latex only as that stops them from being indexed by search engines. I see two problems with that : 1.What seems natural humans behaviour ...
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How to find duplicates?

I am facing a basic problem: I do not know whether I am being silly or not, but often when I look at some questions, I feel that I have seen that before (if they have special structures like this one) ...
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Doubled MathJax (including in Google search)

I noticed in the past year or so that there was a change in the MathJax that results in every MathJax equation being doubled, one being an image and one being a text-based rendering. Usually one of ...
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Search Engine: Features

There's an article in help center: How do I search? And some articles in meta, e.g.: Search automatically assuming tags Improving the search system How to search among comments? Search Function for ...
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How can I search for old questions with recently active “interested users”?

If I want to search for old questions in need for an answer, I can use a search query like is:question hasaccepted:no isanswered:no lastactive:6m.. score:1 but ...
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Excerpts in search results breaks MathJax fragments

For example: https://math.stackexchange.com/search?q=conditional+expectation+user%3Auser130272 The problem, of course, is that the excerpt extraction code apparently is not aware of MathJax ...
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Can people find math.SE questions with identities/inequalities from Google?

One thing that I love about math.SE is the idea that people googling math quesitons will find well researched, well thought-out answers to their questions here. However, how does this work when key ...
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How to keep on top of past posts for referencing

When I joined I initially read many posts but didn't pay much attention to where they were for future reference, barring a passing nod to their respective tags. There was one integration question I ...
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Searching for related content

Before I reply to a question I usually use the search function of math.stackexchange to find related content. I read the FAQ, I tried both ASCII and LaTeX code, with/without tags, but nothing beats ...
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How to search for the question “what is the definition of =?”

It seems that the search engines (whether SE or Google) don't register the "=" punctuation mark, so it is not easy to find this Q. How I found it was by searching "definition of score:10" (because I ...
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Solely one single entry per thread (question + answer) in search result.

Can the search engine return exclusively one entry/result for each thread (ie question + all answers)? The use of [questions] and/or [answers] wouldn't help because one but not the other might contain ...
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Cannot find a question with all (or each) words within its topic

If I search "Menger" or "Menger's", this question will not show within the results: Induction on Menger's theorem by Diestel in Graph Theory If I search "Induction on Menger's theorem by Diestel ...
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Optimize search results

Searching for "how to represent a square as a matrix", Google's first hit was perfect I only searched on Google after not seeing a good result on math.stackexchange's search result. Math....
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Is there a search option for images?

Is there a search option that selects the posts that contains an attached image? Something as the option for the search of a code?
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Is searching a post with latex or MathJax possible?

The title of a post contains latex in Title with the help of which I wish to search for it. How is possible ? There was no luck with e.g., $y''y^3=1$ .
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Is there a possibility to search for mathematical symbols in question titles?

So here is my question, First of all It is my first question on Metha so I am not sure if am allowed to ask this here if not please tell me and I will immediately delete the question. Furthermore I ...
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How to get list of questions by status?

How to get a list of the questions according to status as: No answers. On hold, requiring improvement. With no up-voted answers (which number is advertised in the site but I can find how to access ...
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Searching for a formula

In reference to a previous comment, I was wondering about integrating MathWebSearch with SE.math.
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Looking for a removed question. Can I still find it?

Recently, I noticed that a couple of questions I posted were removed. This is unfortunate, because my questions become a reference for me when I go back into the texts, and reading them again helps ...
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Has the question about antiderivates vanished?

I noticed a question on this forum, whether functions are known, for which it is known that a closed-form antiderivate exists, but the antiderivate is unknown. Since this question would interest me ...
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Searching for a solution strategy

About a year ago (I think around October or November last year) there were a series of questions whose solution strategy set up a polynomial and used its roots to find the solution. I really liked ...
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I'd like to suggest the search UI is improved.

I wanted to use search and realised for somebody not having learnt the features yet I had to think, and it took 3 clicks before I could even start. I'd like to suggest the UI is improved. The search ...