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Search Field Intersections

You have the possibility of seeing how different secondary saved search fields influence the current main search field.

To understand what this will enable you to do, it is easiest to look at the following Venn-diagram that represents the documents that belong to different search fields as bubbles and depicts the overlap of those search fields:

Search field intersections allow you get to the information that is shared between different search fields, so the areas A, B, or C. Before, you would have had to manually combine the search field definitions to get to these intersections; and seeing and comparing different intersections in one view, e.g. A and B, would not have been possible at all.

Saved Search Fields Bar Chart

To more easily compare these intersections, we have added a "Saved Search Fields" bar chart at the bottom of the side panel. Here, you can choose any search field you have previously defined and the resulting bar will show the number of documents that belong both to the currently active main search field and the chosen secondary search field.

Note: Essentially, this is the generalization the other bar charts. There, each bar represents the intersection of the current main search field and all documents that take the bar's value for the bar chart's property (e.g. the value "Germany" for the property "Country").

This makes the search field intersections extremely powerful as they allow you to aggregate and monitor the data much more precisely.

Example 1: You have multiple distinct geographical markets and want to compare the importance of those markets for each search field you look at.

→ Save a search field for each of the geographical markets and choose them in the bar chart widget.

→ Now switch the main search field by choosing different saved search fields, or by simple changing its definition, and compare how these search fields are represented across your geographical markets.

Example 2: You have a set of factors or market trends that you want to compare for different technologies you are looking at.

→ Save a search field for each of the factors or market trends.

→ Now switch between different technologies, e.g. by using the casual search. You can now compare the overlaps between the technology you are currently looking at and the different market trends you have added to the saved search fields bar chart.

Selecting Saved Search Fields

As with any other bar chart, you also have the possibility to add a saved search field to the selection by clicking on the according bar in the saved search fields bar chart.

This will now filter the entire view to show only documents that belong to the intersection of the main search field and the selected search field, i.e. documents that belong to both.

Nested Search Fields

It is also possible to nest search fields, i.e. choosing a saved search field for the definition of another search field. This way, you can build more complex search fields using search field building blocks you have previously defined. Changing one of the building blocks will then reflect across all search fields that use that particular building block.