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. Batch document search

    It would be great if you could send a batch of search requests to the Azure Search, which could potentially lower the QPS count and mitigate network latency problems

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      0 comments  ·  Query - Search  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Support multi point Edm.GeographyPoint search

      It would be great if you could sort by nearest where documents could have an array of Edm.GeographyPoints.
      We are currently duplicating documents for every different Edm.GeographyPoint.

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        0 comments  ·  Query - Search  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Proximity Search with exact order support

        The lucene query syntax for proximity search allows us to find 2 terms X number of words apart.

        https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/rest/api/searchservice/lucene-query-syntax-in-azure-search#bkmk_proximity

        A search for "hotel airport"~5 could return documents with "Find a hotel airport" or "hotel near airport" or "going to airport? check out this hotel".

        It would be a big benefit to our clients if we could have a mode for proximity search where it doesn't matter what the order of the words are, as well as a different, more restrictive mode, where proximity search will only find results with the words in in explicit order.

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          0 comments  ·  Query - Search  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Configurable matching strategy for more natural searches.

          You can see full details here:
          http://stackoverflow.com/questions/43505244/how-to-make-searches-more-natural/43509264#43509264

          The idea is to have something like:
          EnableFuzzy, Enable PartialMatching on the SearchParameters to avoid constructing weird search strings.

          3 votes
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          • Provide ability of collection Type field to be searched against individual values separately

            For a document, where there are multiple values in its collection type column, it gives it lesser score (and hence either to come lower or may not even come in the result) to it even though the search query has matched with ONE of the values in the list COMPLETELY.

            This is because, currently Azure Search considers list of all the values provided in the collection type as a single string by concatenating all of them.
            My requirement is that if the search query (for that field) matches with any of the values in the collection, it should consider it…

            26 votes
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            • Provide option to facet on all facetable fields in a Search request

              Some applications can have a large number of facets and it is inconvenient to have to specify them all explicitly in the Search API, as reported here: http://stackoverflow.com/questions/28542665/azure-search-what-if-i-have-a-lot-of-facets

              If there were an option like facet=* that returned facets on all facetable fields, that would be easier for such cases.

              15 votes
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              • 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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                • 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.

                  53 votes
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                  • 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 →
                    • 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.

                      22 votes
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                      • 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.

                        7 votes
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                        • Search multiple indexes at once

                          The underlying elasticsearch technology supports making a single search query that searches and ranks results over multiple disparate indexes at once[1], but this functionality is not surfaced through the Azure Search APIs.

                          Adding this would allow a single search to span over indexes with different schemas combined in a single correctly ordered result set.

                          [1]: https://www.elastic.co/guide/en/elasticsearch/reference/current/multi-index.html

                          156 votes
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                            1 comment  ·  Query - Search  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Provide sum and average on facet

                            It would be nice to have agregation on certain facetable Field.
                            We would define another numeric field to be computed.

                            On the FacetResult, we could get sum and average exactly in the same way as count.

                            14 votes
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                            • 3 votes
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                              • Provide option to return total facet counts without all facet values included in response

                                We have facets with thousands of unique values, sometimes up to around 100k. In our UI, we'd like to show the top 10 or so values of each facet to allow the user to filter by them, but we have no need to display all 100k. That said, we need to display the facet *counts* so they know roughly how much data is being searched.

                                To do that currently, we have to set the facet counts arbitrarily high to make sure the accurate counts are retrieved, but that means we're getting back huge HTTP responses when really we just want…

                                6 votes
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                                • Make it so SearchMode=All matches if stop words are present even when querying across multiple analyzers

                                  Not all of the documents in our corpus are localized so we must search the default language (English) and the user's locale with the provided user query. Queries that contain a stop word for either default or user language analyzer causes no results to be returned.

                                  Example:
                                  The documents contain 2 searchable fields (plus an ID field).
                                  Title_EN -> English Analyzer
                                  Title_ES -> Spanish Analyzer

                                  A document exists with the following values:
                                  Title_EN -> "The best document"
                                  Title_ES -> "Un documento excelente"

                                  When a user inputs a query, we search on Title_EN and Title_ES. If the user provides the query…

                                  9 votes
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                                  • Allow searching for items with dashes without quotes

                                    It seems as though doing this:

                                    https://someSite.search.windows.net/indexes/blah/docs?api-version=2015-02-28&search=abc\-1003

                                    Is the same as doing this:

                                    https://someSite.search.windows.net/indexes/blah/docs?api-version=2015-02-28&search=abc-1003

                                    Shouldn't the first one return different results than the second due to the escaping backwards slash?

                                    From what I understand the backwards slash should allow for an exact search on the whole string of "abc-1003".

                                    The only way I can get it to work is by doing this (note the quotes):

                                    https://someSite.search.windows.net/indexes/blah/docs?api-version=2015-02-28&search="abc-1003"

                                    Am I expecting something I shouldn't?

                                    3 votes
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                                    • Add OData syntax support for startswith, contains, and endswith queries

                                      This is essentially a duplicate of another suggestion: https://feedback.azure.com/forums/263029-azure-search/suggestions/6470849

                                      The original suggestion mentioned odata support, and while it was marked as complete, it was only added to lucene searches.

                                      I'm sure many of the 178 votes where for specifically odata support.

                                      40 votes
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                                        1 comment  ·  Query - Search  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Localization of date

                                        As of now, Azure Search store and only filters date in UTC format, 2009-06-15T13:45:30.0000000Z.

                                        But user search date in their localized format:
                                        1. aves vistas em 05/06/2009
                                        2. livros vendidos em 5 de junho de 2009

                                        THANKS

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                                        • Support 'skip' in facet queries

                                          Currently the results of facet queries can be limited adding the "count:n" parameter to select only the top n results.
                                          If one is interested in seeing all results of a facet query, there is no other way than setting the 'count' value sufficiently high to make sure that all result are included in the response.
                                          In the scenario of a large number of distinct values for the facet field those queries may, however, result in a large response with poor performance.
                                          In order to be able to provide paging through facet results for better performance, it's necessary to have a…

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