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. 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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      1 comment  ·  Query - Search  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

      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.

    • 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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        0 comments  ·  Query - Search  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • 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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          1 comment  ·  Query - Search  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Language analyzer - ability to disable word decompounding

          Azure Search has word decompounding (in languages like German, Danish, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Estonian, Finish, Hungarian, Slovak)
          https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/rest/api/searchservice/language-support

          However often it doesn't lead to desired output as we need to find only compound words.
          Especially interested to have it in "et.microsoft" analyzer.

          21 votes
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            0 comments  ·  Query - Search  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • 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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              0 comments  ·  Query - Search  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Implement other highlighters

              Right now only Postings highlighter is implemented, which highlights single terms instead of full phrase query. Would be good to have other highlighters.
              As said here : https://stackoverflow.com/questions/42411353/azure-search-highlights-for-phrases-with-double-quotes

              26 votes
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                0 comments  ·  Query - Search  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • 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?

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

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                          0 comments  ·  Query - Search  ·  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.

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

                            16 votes
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                              0 comments  ·  Query - Search  ·  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.

                              86 votes
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                                2 comments  ·  Query - Search  ·  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.

                                There are a few ways you can do this currently in code per document, for example (https://stackoverflow.com/questions/6544286/calculate-distance-of-two-geo-points-in-km-c-sharp). But we are considering how we might make it available as a document property.

                                Thanks,
                                Vinod
                                Azure Search Product Team

                              • 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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                                  1 comment  ·  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.

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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

                                    382 votes
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                                      4 comments  ·  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.

                                      41 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…

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