SmarterTrack's Search Explanation

This article applies to recent versions of SmarterTrack. View articles for SmarterTrack 14.x and earlier.

When it comes to using the search function in SmarterTrack, customers have different expectations on the results they'd like to see. While some would like to search for exact search strings, others prefer more broad results. With this in mind, SmarterTrack includes multiple search results, based on the search string that is entered. 

For example, if a user enters a ticket keyword search of "KEY6584", SmarterTrack's indexer will store and search for the multiple tokens of "KEY6584", "KEY", and "6584". Tickets containing all 3 tokens will appear first in the list, followed by tickets containing two tokens, followed by tickets containing only 1 token. Each of those sets will be sub-sorted based on weight, i.e., how often the tokens appeared in the content. So, you would see the ticket with "KEY6584" at the top of the list, with other relevant tickets below.

In addition, SmarterTrack limits tokens to a MINIMUM of 3 letters. So 2 letter/character tokens are ignored. In addition, SmarterTrack has a list of "noise words" (also known as "stop words") that lend no value to the quality of a search, particularly because they'd appear in virtually ANY search you perform. In fact, most large-scale searches, and even the search engines themselves, either fully ignore or significantly de-value noise/stop words. Examples of noise words include "both", "could", "are", "go", etc.

NOTE: Because the results from the Search String field are already sorted based off of weight, the grid cannot be used to further sort the results. This applies to both basic search, which uses the Search String field, and any advanced search that includes a Search String field. 

For more information on SmarterTrack's search function, please refer to the SmarterTrack Online Help.


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