With SearchIQ you can search using natural language or by speaking.
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SearchIQ is a different search experience that understands more natural, speech-like search language than the original ThoughtSpot search or Search+. For example, you can search for What was my top selling product last month?, instead of having to type top 1 product by sales last month. You can also speak your search using the voice-to-text capability of your operating system.

How do I use SearchIQ?

The search bar on your homepage will allow you to use SearchIQ, if it’s enabled for you by your administrator. To get to the homepage, click the ThoughtSpot logo to the left of the main menu.

If you click Search+ in the main menu bar, you’ll get the original ThoughtSpot search experience, which uses keywords, column names, and data values.

What kinds of things can I type?

Like regular search, SearchIQ is based on the tables that exist in your data. Tables are made of rows and columns, like spreadsheets. So you can search by typing in any of these words:

  • The column name: like revenue, product name, or store
  • Any of the values in the columns: like 20000, kitten chow, or richmond
  • One of the special keywords ThoughtSpot understands: like yesterday, >, or contains

What’s different about SearchIQ is that the form of your question can be more like natural language. This means that SearchIQ will ignore extraneous words like What was the or Can you show me. If you find that your natural language search doesn’t return the results you expect, you can teach SearchIQ your language easily.

How do I use voice search with SearchIQ?

The ability to do voice search comes with your computer’s operating system and your browser’s speech-to-text capabilities. As such, it isn’t provided by ThoughtSpot. But you can take advantage of these when searching with SearchIQ.

Make sure your microphone on your computer is enabled and working correctly. If you’re unsure, check the documentation for your operating system.

Next, make sure your browser supports the text-to-speech capability by consulting its documentation.

If all is well, you’ll see a microphone icon it the SearchIQ search bar. Clicking on the microphone will begin accepting voice input, which is translated to text in the search bar.