David Lang Posted August 1, 2009 Share Posted August 1, 2009 Yesterday on his blog, Rick Mansfield released a video comparing another program's new "Bible Speed Search" feature with Accordance's standard search. He did a simple search for "David" in both programs. The video reveals an obvious difference in the speed with which search results are returned. While I certainly enjoyed the fact that Accordance came out on top in this test, I'm far more intrigued by some of the responses to Rick's post. While some people basically argued that search speed isn't everything and that the other program offers other advantages, a few questioned the legitimacy of the test altogether. "Who cares," some said, "about the speed with which the results are delivered? They appear faster than you can read all those verses." Others even questioned why you would want to do a simple word search of the entire Bible. It's these kinds of responses that have me a little baffled. I do simple word searches of the Bible all the time. If I want to see where David is mentioned in the New Testament or even just the gospel of Matthew, I might take the time to set a range for my search, or I might just search the whole Bible and jump down to Matthew in my search results. Accordance's speed gives me the flexibility to perform the search either way. But perhaps I'm missing something. Perhaps simple searches of the whole Bible or a whole tool are not as important to others as they are to me. So I'm asking you: how important is searching the Bible in your study of the Bible? Do you do it a lot? Only occasionally? Not at all? When you do perform a search, do you take the time to set a lot of parameters to help filter the results, or do you just do broad searches and skim the results? Which approach do you use more often? How often do you do a broad search not so you can look through each hit verse, but so you can use the Details to get graphs and statistics for the search as a whole? I guess what I'm getting at is this: Are these people just making excuses? Have they been trained to work a certain way by their software's speed limitations? Or do they have a point that searching a single resource is not the primary way you interact with your study materials? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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