Release for August 7, 2015: 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 databases created on or after August 22nd, 2015. 

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