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. Support scoring profiles on suggesters

    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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    • Return partial match for highlights

      Currently the highlight option return full word even if there was a partial match with the query text.

      For example for search text ‘gupt* ashgu*’ we get ‘Gupta’ and ‘ashgupta’ as the highlights. Instead it would be good to have only the matching parts to be highlighted so that user knows why those suggestions are being surfaced.

      "highlights":{
      "displayName":[
      "Ashish <em>Gupta</em> (WP)"],
      "mailNickname":[
      "<em>ashgupta</em>"]
      }

      Simple user scenario is, when user searches for ‘ashgu’ and we currently return top result as "Ashish Gupta, 'ashgupta’".

      The expected user experience is to show "Ashish Gupta, 'ashgu'pta", ie the exact things that matched…

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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…

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        • Return azure search feature values along with documents

          In Azure search, it would be good to return feature values used to rank documents along with documents returned. This could be used to further refine results based on user needs.

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          • Semantics/tag clouds/concepts

            Semantics/tag clouds/concepts

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            • Support for M Query Language

              This one might be out of left field but I'd love to see an Azure object that can be configured via the M language ie: if I want to design some screen scraping that is used as a source of data for searching, it'd be nice to be able to design it using Data Explorer, then be able to just script out the M language code and paste it in. This would allow adding search to a site that doesn't allow access directly to a database.

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              • Relate Documents using Multiple Columns

                We are also looking for a way to relate documents using one or more columns if possible (for example, a master document is related to others with a stringList column of IDs), and when a match occurs in the master document metadata, the related documents (or their IDs) are also returned in the results. for example, one of our use cases is to search a text in a set of master documents, and then present results which also include documents that are related to the main document

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                  under review  ·  0 comments  ·  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 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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                    • 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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                        • 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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                          • Data security based on Gremlin graph API

                            Currently security data filtering seems just to be possible based on e.g. a group attribute and checking users group membership using oData filter expressions. When using CosmosDB Gremlin APIs the data is organized as vertices and edges, therefore the security filtering of search results should also be made possible based on Gremlin / subgraph expressions, not only based on oData filter expressions, ideally a possible combination of both. As an example consider a Graph: story (vertex) - belongs to (edge) - group (vertex) - has (edge) - members (vertices) ...and users should only find stories of THEIR groups (which they…

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                            • importing data in Azure search services

                              Why can't I import data into Azure search services? I'm using the free trial, and there's no Import Data selection on the task bar.

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                                Could you explain what you mean by ‘import data’. In Azure Portal we have ‘Import data’ command that enables you to connect to variety of data sources such as SQL Server, Cosmos DB, or blob storage. Then indexer can automatically sync data between your data source and your search index.

                              • 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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                                • Skill: extract and index URLs / URIs

                                  Many documents include references to websites. Just as you identify people or places, please add URL identification, indexing, sorting, filtering, etc.

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                                  • Drill down into queries

                                    When looking at queries, while I'm interested in full queries such as "purple shoes" and "red blazers", I'd also like to see an index of the individual words that are used in the search terms, plus the ability to drill into the query list ie: which queries contained the word "blazer"? It doesn't have to be in the UI, as long as it's downloadable. (Ideally, it would be downloadable using REST-based queries and/or OData, and be consumable by Excel/Data Explorer in Excel/PowerPivot/Tabular data models in SSAS).

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