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Search suggestions

Overview

Explains what the feature is or what its benefits are to the user or customer.

Feature

Search suggestions include complete recent searches that are similar to the search you are constructing. You can also search for saved objects, such as pinboards.

Figure: Search suggestions example

Usage-based ranking

Search suggestions are relevant to the data and personalized to your search behavior. ThoughtSpot learns over time what columns are most important to you and to your company as a whole, and uses this knowledge to rank the search terms it offers. This is accomplished through usage-based ranking. So if you frequently type terms related to finance or to a particular product, you will see related suggestions more frequently. ThoughtSpot does this by keeping usage statistics on frequency of search terms in its local cache. Using this information, frequently used terms and phrases are offered in search suggestions more often than those that are not commonly used. This personalization based on search patterns makes ThoughtSpot more valuable over time. Search suggestions become more helpful the more searches you complete.

Recent searches

As you type in the search bar, you are given search suggestions that include recent searches. This makes it easier to learn what you can do with ThoughtSpot. In addition to displaying your own recent searches, the search bar also learns from searches made by other people. This should provide you with interesting searches that you may not have been aware of. You'll see recent searches in a separate section of search suggestions, as recent searches appear higher in suggestions than other terms.

Auto-disambiguation in search

When there are more than one possible meaning for a search term, you can provide disambiguation by selecting from a list of choices. Now your choice is sticky. That means you won’t have to select it again, in the scope of the current search.

Figure: Auto-disambiguation example

Out of scope columns

Search suggestions are not limited in scope to the columns that you select as the data sources. Suggestions can include columns that are out of scope, too. If you choose one of these suggestions, the columns will be added to the data sources scope for you.

Object searches

Search suggestions also include relevant pinboards that have already been created. This means that if a pinboard that is similar to the search you're trying to do already exists, it will appear in search suggestions.
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