Plugin: Query language - wildcard (truncation) support
This plugin can be used to add limited wildcard (truncation) support to user queries. It allows you to use the asterisk operator on the right-hand side (only) of words in a query. Each word that is followed by an asterisk will be internally expanded into a set of words that start with indicated word.
This plugin should be used if you need to provide wildcard support in queries.
Once enabled, queries such as
Dan* Smith or
aus* directory pol* should now be accepted.
|This provides an efficient way of supporting wildcards - however the expanded query won’t return all the matching results (compared to if a full expansion of the wildcard was performed). There is a fine balancing act between performance and completeness of the search result set and the goal of a web search engine such as Funnelback has always been to return a set of relevant results. This set isn’t necessarily complete as shortcuts are taken to determine relevant results quickly.|
Enable the query-wildcard-support plugin on your results page from the Extensions screen in the administration dashboard or add the following results page configuration to enable the plugin.
|The plugin will take effect as soon as it is enabled.|
To set the maximum number of query terms to expand partial query as 6, configure the plugin with:
This plugin uses the auto-completion service to expand any words that are followed by an asterisk operator in a query.
The expanded queries can be seen by viewing the JSON or XML output and looking at the
queryCleaned values from the
response packet. Expansions are injected into the