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 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.

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    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

  2. Support Explain API

    The explain api computes a score explanation for a query and a specific document. This can give useful feedback whether a document matches or didn’t match a specific query.

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  3. 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?

    105 votes
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  4. 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…

    85 votes
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  5. 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.

    66 votes
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  6. 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.

    45 votes
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  7. 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…

    36 votes
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  8. 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.

    31 votes
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  9. 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…

    27 votes
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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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.

    7 votes
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  13. Fully covered OData filter functions

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

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  14. 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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  15. 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.

    3 votes
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  16. 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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