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Table 2 Search strategy for MEDLINE (via PubMed)

From: External validation of type 2 diabetes computer simulation models: definitions, approaches, implications and room for improvement—a protocol for a systematic review

Line Search syntax N of hits (2017/08/09)
Subject of interest: DM
1 ((((((((((“Diabetes Mellitus” [MeSH Terms]) OR diabet* [Title/Abstract]) OR T2DM [Title/Abstract])) 577,871
Analyses of interest: computer simulation or Markov process
2 ((((((((((markov [Title/Abstract]) OR “monte carlo” [Title/Abstract]) OR “montecarlo” [Title/Abstract]) OR stochastic [Title/Abstract]) OR deterministic [Title/Abstract]) OR “discrete event” [Title/Abstract]) OR “agent based” [Title/Abstract]) OR “agentbased” [Title/Abstract])) OR “Computer Simulation” [MeSH Terms]) OR ((((computer [Title/Abstract]) OR simulat* [Title/Abstract])) AND ((((model [Title/Abstract]) OR models [Title/Abstract]) OR modelling [Title/Abstract]) OR modeling [Title/Abstract])) 402,382
Filter for the date of interest (by current date)
3 “1995/01/01” [Date—Publication]: “2017/06/19” [Date—Publication] 16,229,578
Filter with regard to animal population only for exclusion
4 (Animals [MeSH Terms]) NOT ((Animals [MeSH Terms]) NOT Humans [MeSH Terms]) 16,531,079
Types of publications for exclusion
5 ((((((Comment [Publication Type]) OR Letter [Publication Type]) OR “Newspaper Article” [Publication Type]) OR News [Publication Type]) OR Addresses [Publication Type]) OR Editorial [Publication Type]) OR “Published Erratum” [Publication Type] 1,783,994
Combination of search terms
(((1 AND 2 AND 3) NOT 4) NOT 5) ((((((((((“Diabetes Mellitus” [MeSH Terms]) OR diabet* [Title/Abstract]) OR T2DM [Title/Abstract])) AND (((((((((((markov [Title/Abstract]) OR “monte carlo” [Title/Abstract]) OR “montecarlo” [Title/Abstract]) OR stochastic [Title/Abstract]) OR deterministic [Title/Abstract]) OR “discrete event” [Title/Abstract]) OR “agent based” [Title/Abstract]) OR “agentbased” [Title/Abstract])) OR “Computer Simulation” [MeSH Terms]) OR ((((computer [Title/Abstract]) OR simulat* [Title/Abstract])) AND ((((model [Title/Abstract]) OR models [Title/Abstract]) OR modelling [Title/Abstract]) OR modeling [Title/Abstract]))))) AND “1995/01/01” [Date—Publication]: “2017/06/19” [Date—Publication])) AND ((Animals [MeSH Terms]) NOT ((Animals [MeSH Terms]) NOT Humans [MeSH Terms])))) NOT (((((((Comment [Publication Type]) OR Letter [Publication Type]) OR “Newspaper Article” [Publication Type]) OR News [Publication Type]) OR Addresses [Publication Type]) OR Editorial [Publication Type]) OR “Published Erratum” [Publication Type]) 2690