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. 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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      0 comments  ·  Query - Search  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Indexer execution status to App insights

      Scenario: Thanks to the power of Azure, I have setup a indexer which continuously updates my index from the Azure sql db. Now I want to know if there are any errors while processing any document and why it failed to update the index(error message). This information is very critical for new documents or any document which is modified in the prod database. Note: Different teams do not have access to the Azure search service portal.

      Current state: We already have indexer execution status but this information needs to be processed by another process by polling.

      Ask: If this information…

      15 votes
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      • Cover Azure Search in the HIPAA BAA

        Please add Azure Search to the HIPAA BAA so we can use it in healthcare software.

        9 votes
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          0 comments  ·  Security  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • 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.

          10 votes
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            0 comments  ·  Query - Search  ·  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…

            28 votes
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              0 comments  ·  REST API  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • 12 votes
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                0 comments  ·  Scoring  ·  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.

                37 votes
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                  0 comments  ·  Query - Search  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • DocumentDB indexer should be able to index MongoDb collections

                  If I create a MongoDB collection backed by DocumentDB, I should be able to use the DocumentDB indexer to ingest it into Azure Search.

                  5 votes
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                    0 comments  ·  Crawlers  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • distinct values in search result

                    Consider the situation that, two document have some same property and I want to select those same fields and count the document as one(distinct) and select that distinct document.

                    14 votes
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                      0 comments  ·  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.

                      20 votes
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                        0 comments  ·  Portal  ·  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 →
                        • 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

                          139 votes
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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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                              0 comments  ·  Query - Search  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • 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.

                              12 votes
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                                0 comments  ·  Crawlers  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Use a XSD schema to populate the index fields

                                We have large scehams that define individual aspects of healthcare data. We would like to use these schemas to define the fields than entering most of these manually. For this to work, obviously we need support for crawling XML data (similar to what you have for JSON). XML provides a good structure and has many industry standard schemas that we can leverage.

                                3 votes
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                                  0 comments  ·  Indexing  ·  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.

                                  20 votes
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                                    1 comment  ·  REST API  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • 9 votes
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                                      0 comments  ·  Client SDK  ·  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.

                                      8 votes
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                                      • 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 →
                                        • Support indexing JSON-LD embedded in HTML documents

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

                                          6 votes
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