|means OR (slower),
\bmatches a word "boundary". Accented characters (umlauts, etc.) are not found -- but see Patterns with Accents below for some tricks.
pattern finds ------- ------------------------------------------ ring ring rings bring string scattering Springer etc. \bring ring rings (but not: bring scattering Springer or string) ring\b ring bring string scattering (but not: rings or Springer) \bring\b ring Ring RING (but not: rings bring etc.) algebraic sy algebraic systems algebraic symbols etc. modu|gauss unimodular Gauss gaussian etc. [NO extra spaces around | ]The more complicated pattern:
representation|lie groups|lie algebra|cohomology|deformationtoday located all books (about 350) with any of representation, Lie groups, Lie algebra, cohomology, or deformation in their title or as their subject.
Notes: Some MR class descriptions (and other data) are in the data base but are not printed out. However you can use these in a search pattern (Example 5 and last Example above). A search may "mysteriously" match because of the data we do not print.
If you also enter a second pattern, the (faster) search
will match only if BOTH patterns are found. For instance if the first
riemann and the second pattern is
geometry , then it will only match entries in which both
geometry occur somewhere (case
insensitive always). This runs faster if the least likely
pattern is placed first. Thus,
geometry runs faster than
hlermight be used for Poincaré or Kähler.
A better procedure is to substitute a "wild card" for the accented character: replace each accented character by
\S*. Thus search for
k\S*hlerThis procedure will even catch versions such as Kaehler where an additional letter has been used.
Type two dashes for an en-dash, e.g., Cohen
EXPERTS: these are perl patterns. You can look in the Unix man page for perl for more hints on patterns (see "Regular Expression" in the perl man page Perl Manual).