Searching Qlik DataMarket

The search facility in Qlik DataMarket helps you find the data you need by searching on terms or phrases rather than browsing data packages and data sets. The term or phrase entered is searched for in the names and descriptions of DataMarket data sets and in the values within the data sets.

For example, if you search for the term europe, you get a list first of all the data sets with the term Europe in the title followed by data sets that contain data labeled with the term. In the case of the term europe, one of the data sets found is Selected development indicators, which contains the term in its Geographical area dimension--Europe & Central Asia.

DataMarket searches on the literal term or phrase you enter, and it also searches on related terms or synonyms. A term entered in singular form is also searched for in its plural form. For example, the terms currency and index have plural forms--currencies and indices--that are searched for at the same time their singular forms are searched for.

The search facility also looks for matches based on the stem or root form of terms. For example, if you search on the term production, the root form of the word--product--is also searched for.

Note: DataMarket does not search partial terms. For example, it does not find the string "prod" even though it is part of the terms product and production, which are terms the search facility does find in phrases such as Gross Domestic Product.

Qlik DataMarket also contains an index of synonyms, so you can find a wide range of data without using the exact term used in the name or description of the data collection or in the data fields. For example, data sets that use the dimension labeled Sex are also found with the term gender. The DataMarket search facility has over 200 sets of synonyms. Some synonyms included are:

  • earnings, income
  • GBP, pound
  • health care, healthcare
  • labor, labour
  • salary, wages, pay, earnings

The search results are displayed from highest relevance to lowest. Relevance is determined by where the search term is found. Terms found in data set names or descriptions rank higher than terms found in data set values.

When multiple search terms are entered, the results do not necessarily include all the terms. If only one of the terms is found, the entry containing the term is returned as one of the search results. However, entries that contain more of the entered search terms rank higher.

Only the top 50 results are listed for a search.

To narrow searches, you can exclude terms from the search by placing a hyphen before the terms when they are entered in the search string. For example, you can search for "US" but exclude unemployment by placing a hyphen before the search term, "-unemployment."

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