The Numeric Pattern Matcher




This feature is exclusive to Thunderstone. It allows you to find quantities in textual information in any way they may be represented.

To invoke a numeric value search within a query you precede the value with a '#' (pound / hash character) .

To Find                Syntax       Example Match
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any value              ##           a few dozen 
equal to               #5000        five thousand
greater than           #>5000       2.2 million
less than              #<5000       1,000.00
greater than or equal  #>=5000      5,000.01
less than or equal     #<=5000      four thousand nine hundred and 59/100
between                #>5000<6000  5.5 kilotons
Do not put spaces anywhere in the quantity expression unless you surround it with double quotes.

Interesting Examples:


Expression       Will Find

#>0<1            15 percent, 500 milligrams, 0.25, 15 sixteenths, 5/32
#666             six hundred three score and six
#>million        1.6 billion dollars
#>1e6<1e12       five gigabytes, 5,000,000,000, 2.2 million

Notes:
The expression "greater than 0, less than one" above is really good for finding statistical information in the text. For example if you enter the query: "votes #>0<1", the program will find: "One third of the voters cast their ballots for Clinton".

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