I recently added a specialized search to help curators working with the elmcity project find recurring events in their communities. It’s helpful, but would be much more helpful if it produced results only when the two searched-for phrases occur in close proximity.
The phrase pairs look like this:
"every thursday" "keene nh" "first friday" "keene nh"
I’d like to limit results to pages where these pairs occur within, say, 100 words of one another. My search robot uses both Google and Live because, well, why wouldn’t you want the best of both worlds? But as far as I know, neither supports a proximity syntax like:
"every thursday" within 100 "keene nh"
I only need to run my search robot occasionally, and there are only thousands of pages per calendar hub, and there are only a dozen hubs yet. So for now it’s feasible to use brute force. I can, and likely will, fetch all the pages found by the two engines, analyze them, and reject those that fail my proximity test.
But since I am virtuously lazy, I just thought I’d ask. Are their undocumented features for either or both of these engines that I’m missing?