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 access to stored term frequencies for searchable fields

    Term frequencies are maintained for searchable fields in order to compute things like TF/IDF quickly. It should be possible to access those term frequencies for additional analysis.

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    Given the current API surface area of Azure Search, how would you actually use these term frequencies? Said another way, what other capabilities would you require in the API in order for term frequencies to actually be useful?

    Thank you for your feedback. While it is unlikely we’ll address this suggestion in the near future, we’ll reassess based on the number of votes it receives.

    Thanks,
    Mike Carter
    Azure Search Product Team

  2. Highlight search text on blob documents

    search API should return document that should highlight search text inside the document. So that when i download view the document it should highlight search terms/text in documents like pdf, excel,word and etc.

    same like JFK it will do only for image but good to have document highlighting

    13 votes
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  3. Fully covered OData filter functions

    Needed for use case like `$filter=length(title) gt 64` and/or `$filter=toupper(firstname)`

    6 votes
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  5. Offer Elastic Search as PaaS service

    Offer Elastic Search as PaaS service or managed cluster like Redis.
    Do not want Azure search but the native ES as service with its native interface and api.

    87 votes
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  6. Turn off Azure Search during off periods.

    My company works from 8:0 am to 5:00 pm
    I would like to turn off the search when I don't need it.
    In addition,
    I would like to have access to the data behind the scenes to provide full control over the results sets.

    3 votes
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  7. Azure Data Factory indexer data source

    Currently Azure Search is supported as one of the Destinations in ADF Pipelines. It would be awesome if we have support for them to act as Data sources. In this way migrating from one Azure search index to another would be easy.

    6 votes
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  8. Presto based managed query service

    I want Presto based managed query service like AWS Athena and GCP Bigquery.

    7 votes
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  9. Support filter min score

    Elasticsearch support "min_score" to filter documents by scoring.
    https://www.elastic.co/guide/en/elasticsearch/reference/current/search-request-min-score.html

    Can you add this feature to allow us to deal with irrelevant results please ?

    21 votes
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  10. Implement Data Lake Gen2 Search Indexer

    It seems like MSFT is pushing Data Lake as a more robust implementation of Azure Blob.

    Implementing a Data Lake Gen2 Search Indexer would give my team confidence that Azure Search will align with our move to Data Lake.

    18 votes
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  11. Can Azure Search include Image search?

    Can Azure Search include Image search? if we give an image can it retireve the set of images stored in the repository?

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    Thank you for your feedback. Your best option at the moment is to process images in Cognitive Search to extract text based information from each image. This makes them more searchable. While it is unlikely we’ll address true image based search in the near future, we’ll reassess based on the number of votes this item receives.

    Thanks,
    Mike Carter
    Azure Search Product Team

  12. OCR Cognitive Skill for both printed and handwritten text

    When parsing documents and images through the OCR cognitive skill, the 'handwritten' text extraction algorithm fails on printed documents and vice versa. This obviously isn't a bug, but it is an issue when indexing data dumps of both document types. It seems like a fix might be to have a small binary classifier model which can infer which model is appropriate for each document.
    An alternative might be an easy method of flagging documents as handwritten or printed to handle them with the appropriate model.

    10 votes
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    0 comments  ·  Indexing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Thank you for your feedback. While it is unlikely we’ll address this suggestion in the near future, we’ll reassess based on the number of votes it receives.

    While we’re currently not planning on solving this out of the box, we are exploring a new cognitive services for custom document classification, that you could use to build your own classifier, and then wire it as a cognitive skill to your search pipeline. Feel free to reach out to us if you’re interested in exploring this further.

    Thanks,
    Elad
    Azure Search Product Team

  13. Adding hard delete policy to all of Indexer

    Can we add hard delete policy to all of indexer as same as soft delete policy?
    Some senario in custmer immideiately want to refect source change result. We know we can do it by making push base approach, but it's much easier and simplyer to ensure single data update way.

    Cosmos:
    https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/search/search-howto-index-cosmosdb#indexing-deleted-documents

    Azure Table:
    https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/search/search-howto-indexing-azure-tables#incremental-indexing-and-deletion-detection

    35 votes
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  14. Provide method for escaping characters in the search string like UrlEscape

    Special characters must be escaped to be used as part of the search text. You can escape them by prefixing them with backslash (\). Special characters that need to be escaped include the following:
    + - && || ! ( ) { } [ ] ^ " ~ * ? : \ /
    Is there a built in method, basically the equivalent of UrlEscape, which can do this, or is every developer actually expected to do their own implementation?

    102 votes
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  15. provide top N DISTINCT values from suggester API

    At the moment the suggester API return the top N results, but if I want use this feature on a field that contains duplicate values, this request could show me N identical values.
    For example, my index contains the searchable fields address and city (address as the key) and the city field contains only the cities "Parma" and "Pavia". I want to add autocomplete on the city field on the web app. The suggester API with TOP 5 could give me 5 identical values with the city "pavia". But I like to see both the cities in the TOP 5.…

    10 votes
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  16. Need Azure Search in the Canada East region

    We would like Azure search in the Canada East region. It currently is available only in Canada Central.
    At this point, other cloud providers have full services in the Canada East (i.e. Montreal) location.
    Hope you understand the importance of this and fix the situation asap.

    2 votes
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  17. Index Dynamics 365

    Add Dynamics 365 Customer Engagement to index options. Today, search is costly for smaller customers as they must create a data warehouse for search.

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    0 comments  ·  Indexing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Thank you for your feedback. While it is unlikely we’ll address this suggestion in the near future, we’ll reassess based on the number of votes it receives.

    Also, you might want to take a look at Azure Logic Apps to ingest data from this source and then use a HTTP connector to push data into Azure Search.

    Thanks,
    Liam
    Azure Search Product Team

  18. Random Scoring

    See here https://www.elastic.co/guide/en/elasticsearch/guide/current/random-scoring.html
    This has come up in the past on SO by other users as well.

    38 votes
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  19. Adding hard delete policy to all of Indexer

    Can we add hard delete policy to all of indexer as same as soft delete policy?
    Some senario in custmer immideiately want to refect source change result. We know we can do it by making push base approach, but it's much easier and simplyer to ensure single data update way.

    Cosmos:
    https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/search/search-howto-index-cosmosdb#indexing-deleted-documents

    Azure Table:
    https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/search/search-howto-indexing-azure-tables#incremental-indexing-and-deletion-detection

    6 votes
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  20. Provide basic web interface

    Provide a basic web interface that can be used with the service with no coding (something like the SharePoint Search Center).

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