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08/07/15: Search Sampling

Do you ever miss the days where you could thumb through paper documents and get a “feel” for what they contained? With release of DISCO sampling, you can search for a randomized subset of documents within your entire set or any subset to get that same “feel” for them. Here’s how it works:

From the DISCO search bar, enter in one of the following new queries:

Sampling Search Syntax

  • sample(0.1, “any query”) - gives you 10% of search results set
  • sample(500, “any query”) - gives you a maximum of 500 documents from search results set
  • sample(10%, “any query”) - gives you 10% of search results set

Within the parenthesis, enter in any valid search query. For example, to sample 10% of your entire database, enter the search sample(0.1,”!”), the exclamation point being a wildcard that indicates “search all documents”. However, if you would like to search for a randomized 10% of all documents containing the word “flowers”, change the search to sample(0.1,flowers).  

Some important items to note:

  • IF you search or refresh the page, it will give you a new random subset of documents.
  • IF you give it a number that is more than the search results, it will give you the total number of search results.
  • IF you use the sample query, sort order for search results is disabled.

Please note, this feature is only available for select new matters created on or after August 22nd, 2015. Look for it in your next matter!

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