Azure Search

Azure Search is a search-as-a-service solution that allows developers to incorporate a sophisticated search experience into web and mobile applications without having to worry about the complexities of full-text search and without having to deploy, maintain or manage any infrastructure

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  1. allow indexers to call DocumentDB stored procedures

    We have difficulty in transferring documents where we require multiple maps of our data into the flat search index. There is a limit of two user defined functions (which we use to do this) and there doesn't appear to be a way to call a stored procedure through the query language. Having the search indexers support DocumentDB stored procedures gives us far more power and flexibility to map the data correctly. At the moment we have had to revert back to writing our own code to do this.

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      0 comments  ·  Crawlers  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Allow create, update, delete of Data Sources, Indexes, and Indexers with Service through ARM templates

      You currently can only create a service instance through an ARM template, you then need to make REST calls to create, update, or delete Data Sources, Indexes, and Indexers. This makes using Azure Search a challenge in solutions that are released in a Continuous Delivery model. If I want to use Release Management in VSTS to automate deployments, I need to write additional PowerShell scripts to call Azure Cmdlets to get the Primary Key for the service, then call REST APIs through PowerShell, and suck in JSON files to send as part of the request. It's a very complicated process…

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        0 comments  ·  REST API  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Having WebJob in process to execute before Indexing while we want to reply events from eventstore and create the DB

        Having WebJob in process to execute before Indexing while we want to reply events from eventstore and create the DB

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          0 comments  ·  Indexing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Support indexing JSON-LD embedded in HTML documents

          Support indexing structured data (e.g. schema.org) in HTML documents.

          3 votes
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            0 comments  ·  Crawlers  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • support a mix of JSON and non-JSON blobs in the same data source

            Support a mix of JSON and non-JSON blobs in the same data source

            3 votes
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              0 comments  ·  Crawlers  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Add a description field to index for better manageability between indexes with similar names.

              We create a lot of indexes for experiments. Over time it becomes harder to remember the differences between indexes with similar names. We could add something to the index name to distinguish them. But it makes the name messy. It'd be better to have a description field in index to describe what the index is.

              17 votes
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                0 comments  ·  Portal  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Create tools for developing search in Visual Studio

                I would like to have a set of tools for developing an Azure Search instance in Visual Studio, analogous to what SSDT is for SQL Server.

                In an ideal world, these tools would allow me to define indexes, indexers, datasources, and all other components necessary for my search index. The tools would also include ability to publish my changes to the instance, either through Visual Studio itself or from a CI build in Release Management.

                4 votes
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                  0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • suggester

                  I think it would be valuable to expand the capabilities of suggesters. Right now, they're somewhat limited. I think it would be nice if they provided the flexibility of scoring profiles. The reason why is because sometimes, it might be nice to show the most recently added or viewed documents (i.e. Edm.DateTimeOffset) as suggestions. Other times, you may want to show the most popular, or most viewed, documents (i.e Edm.Int32). These are just two scenarios that I would like to cover with suggestions, but, I'm a bit limited.

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                    0 comments  ·  Query - Search  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • 4 votes
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                      0 comments  ·  Client SDK  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Support geo.distance in select result

                      Azure Search does not support returning the distance data from geo.distance in search results. geo.distance can be used in only filter and orderby.

                      I would like to get distance data from geo.distance.

                      34 votes
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                        0 comments  ·  Query - Search  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • configurable (or unlimited) hit highlights

                        Per https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/rest/api/searchservice/search-documents "Azure Search returns only up to 5 highlights per field. This limit is not configurable" >> this should be changed. Either by offering a configurable threshold, by pagination or any other way. We'd need to be able to access all hit results and not just a partial subset

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                          0 comments  ·  Query - Search  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Having contains option in lucene searchfilter

                          We have scenarios where based on context, we need to apply field-level filters- and seems clunky to create the filters through multiple 'or' statements on each of the filter parameter

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                            0 comments  ·  Query - Search  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Cursor-based pagination

                            When new elements are added to the beginning of an index paginating with $top/$skip will return duplicated elements. The cursor-based pagination solves such problems.

                            5 votes
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                              0 comments  ·  REST API  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Disable or replace TF-IDF for relevance computing

                              (Posting on behalf of Xu Lan)

                              To fit the needs of our search application, we would like to change the relevance computing by disabling or replacing TF-IDF.
                              Elasticsearch provides a mechanism to ignore TF-IDF: https://www.elastic.co/guide/en/elasticsearch/guide/current/ignoring-tfidf.html#ignoring-tfidf.

                              13 votes
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                                0 comments  ·  Query - Search  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Indices snapshot & restore

                                Add capability to take the snapshot of indices and restoration of indices to and from Azure Blob Storage or to any other format.

                                This can also provide a mechanism for archiving indices that you are not using now, but you would like to be able to access in the future.

                                17 votes
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                                  1 comment  ·  REST API  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Add tagging to each token such as POS, allowing to filter on them and receive them in results

                                  In Lucene you can add metadata to each token, which is then returned on search results.

                                  It would be great to be able to add predefined tags/metadata during indexing that will be later returned on search results. Filtering results based on these tags would also be great.

                                  Examples of tags can be:
                                  Part of Speech
                                  Dates
                                  Numbers
                                  Entities (person names, organizations)
                                  Locations (city, country names)

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                                    0 comments  ·  Indexing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Run multiple Indexers at once

                                    We have many indexes with matching indexers that scan SQL Server tables to import/update data.

                                    I found that during the initial import of a new large index (millions of records, taking several hours), none of the other indexers on the same service are run at all. This means that just by adding a new index, all other indexes will become stale until the large index is finished!

                                    Please add the ability for multiple indexers to run simultaneously.

                                    6 votes
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                                      0 comments  ·  Crawlers  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • clone index

                                      I'd like to implement 'versioning' indexes for each DocDB repository.
                                      In example, DocDB collections are crawler-2016 and crawler-2015, each of which will be indexed to index-2016 and index-2015 in Azure Search.

                                      In this operation, 'Clone Index' button could be helpful greatly as I have to create each index one by one. Actually I screen-captured previous index fields and tick-tick index checkboxes which created from DocDB import datasource.

                                      8 votes
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                                        0 comments  ·  Portal  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Expose the Analyze API in the portal

                                        It would be great if you could expose Analyze API in the portal as the Analyze API is very useful to know how Azure Search’s analyzers breaks text into tokens.

                                        https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/documentation/articles/search-api-2015-02-28-preview/#TestAnalyzer

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                                          0 comments  ·  Portal  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Return all the highlights and not just 5

                                          Today Azure Search returns only the first 5 highlight for each field. It would be great to get all the highlights.

                                          4 votes
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