Why perform an advanced keyword search?

Utilize our advanced search syntax to cull down your data to a more granular level. Find words or phrases within proximity of another word or phrase, utilize wildcard search to view variations of a word, as well as exclude phrases from your search.

How to Perform an Advanced Keyword Search

Separate words or phrases with an OR operator:

1. Use a comma to separate words with an OR operator. Ex: dogs,cats will search for any piece of media which mentions the word dogs OR the word cats:

NOTE: Remember to place quotation marks around search terms that are more than one word.

2. Commas can also be used to separate multi-word phrases. Ex: "money back guarantee","consumer protection" will search for any mention of the phrases money back guarantee OR consumer protection:

Combine words or phrases with an AND operator:

1. Use a space to combine words with an AND operator. Ex: dogs cats will search for mentions of both the word dogs AND cats in the same piece of media:

2. Spaces can also be used to combine multi-word phrases. Ex. "money back guarantee" "consumer protection" will search for any piece of media which contains both of those phrases:

Search for variations of a word by utilizing Wildcard Search:

1. Place an asterisk at the end of a word to initiate a wildcard search. Ex. Replac* will return media which includes the word replace OR replaced OR replacement OR replacing etc:

NOTE: Veritone does not support multi-word wildcard search. For example, users will not be able to successfully search for "Contract replac*" and view variations of that phrase. However, you can use wildcard searches within an AND or OR search. For example, contract replac* will return results which mention contract AND all variations of replac*

Search for words or phrases within proximity of other words or phrases:

1. Use w/10 to search for a word or phrase that is within 10 words of another word or phrase. The number of words can be adjusted at the user's discretion, though we do not recommend exceeding 75-100. Ex: "Money back guarantee" w/15 "consumer protection" will return results for all media that mentions money back guarantee within 15 words of consumer protection.:

Exclude words or phrases via NOT statements:

1. Use _NOT_ to exclude a word or phrase from your search. Ex: "money back guarantee" _NOT_ "consumer protection" will return keyword matches of money back guarantee as long as consumer protection is not also present:

Combine variations of the syntax listed above:

1. Each of the advanced search techniques listed above can be combined to tailor your search to a refined logic that will help to cull your data set even further:

Group Search Query Elements

Use Search Groups to clarify relationships between terms and specify the order in which search terms and operators should be read.

1. Press and hold SHIFT and click the first query element to be added to the group. The selected query element turns dark gray:

2. Press and hold SHIFT and click a query element to the immediate left or right of the first selected element. The selected query element turns dark gray. Continue selecting all queries to be added to the group:

3. Click on any of the selected items and choose GROUP SELECTION from the drop-down list. Observe that the selected items change to light blue and are enclosed in a blue dotted line:

4. To Ungroup search elements, press and hold SHIFT and re-select each search element in the group. The selected queries will turn dark gray. Click on any element and select UNGROUP SELECTION from the drop-down list:


  • Searches that contain both AND and OR operators are performed in order from left to right.
  • Keyword search is case insensitive, so whether you search with capital or lowercase letters, your results will be the same.
  • To search for abbreviations or acronyms, we recommend using a search query with the following four variations: USA, U.S.A., “U S A”, and “U. S. A.”
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