Train SearchIQ

Training SearchIQ ensures a good natural language search experience.

SearchIQ is in Beta.

SearchIQ is turned off by default. ThoughtSpot Support can enable it for you. SearchIQ is only available in English.

There are two complementary paths for optimizing SearchIQ to understand natural language search, Data Modeling and Language Modeling. Also, consider the Training Examples.

Data modeling settings

Add experts to the data source to enable the Ask an Expert workflow. This supplies users with another path to getting an answer when they get stuck.

Language modeling

We bundle SearchIQ with a set of pre-defined templates that help it understand natural language, and return the best possible answers. You can also add your own templates for each data source, and teach it new language interpretations:

Teach SearchIQ using a saved SearchIQ answer

  1. Select a saved answer.

  2. Click one of the drop-down phrases that shows how SearchIQ interprets the search terms, and click Teach.

Use new searches to teach SearchIQ

We recommend that you train SearchIQ by performing at least 50 natural language searches. This teaches SearchIQ how to map common questions to relevant entities. Use points described in Teach SearchIQ for any unexpected answers.

  • For best results, use simple and short queries.

  • Ask questions that contain only exact column names or their synonyms.

  • Use exact values for filtering.

  • Use keywords. See Keywords.

  • Use stopwords. See Stop Words.

When SearchIQ returns a satisfactory table or chart, remember to click the Looks Good button to provide the necessary feedback.

Training Examples for SearchIQ

Example 1: where are the best sales

In this example, the query returned a very good answer, by interpreting where as Store City and best as sort by Sales. The chart Looks Good, and this is valuable feedback for training SearchIQ.

worksheet searchiq training example1

Example 2: which state has the lowest volume

In this example, the query returned a very good answer, by inerpreting lowest as sort by Quantity and volume as Quantity. This chart also Looks Good, and provides valuable feedback for training SearchIQ.

worksheet searchiq training example2

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