[Rd] A possible improvement to apropos
Kurt.Hornik at wu-wien.ac.at
Fri Dec 15 18:51:11 CET 2006
>>>>> Seth Falcon writes:
> Kurt Hornik <Kurt.Hornik at wu-wien.ac.at> writes:
>>>>>>> Robert Gentleman writes:
>>> I would also, personally prefer some sort of approximate matching since
>>> there are different ways to spell some words, and some folks abbreviate
>>> parts of words.
>> The same design has been employed by help.search for a long time, for
>> exactly the same reasons (albeit with slightly different agrep
> I may not have spent enough time adjusting the behavior, but when I
> tried agrep for apropos, I found that I almost always got way too many
> hits and found the case-insensitive grep the right balance.
Have you tried the help.search design? It uses approximate matching
only if the match string is long enough (no less than 5 characters,
something slightly larger may be useful for apropos()).
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