You use search to answer questions about your data without having to consult a data analyst.

How do I search data?

To search data, make sure that the search bar icon is set to Search data.

You’ve probably seen one of these before:

Click in the box and start typing some letters. As soon as you begin typing, ThoughtSpot suggests some search terms. Type slowly, and use the suggestions to find what you’re looking for.

You can see an answer in the form of a chart or a table. If you do not see an answer, press Enter on your keyboard.

When you phrase a question in ThoughtSpot Search, use key words instead of full conversational style.

For example, avoid: Find all books by Lewis Carroll with the title Alice in Wonderland. Instead, type: carroll alice.

In another example, avoid Find the largest city by population. Inastead, type: largest city by population.

Do use helper words, like “by” and “for”, but they can also be left out, and the search will return the same answer.

What kinds of things can I type?

Search is based on the tables that exist in your data. Tables are made of rows and columns, like spreadsheets. So you can search by typing in any of these words:

  • The column name: like revenue, product name, or store
  • Any of the values in the columns: like 20000, kitten chow, or richmond
  • One of the special keywords ThoughtSpot understands: like yesterday, >, or contains.

Save an answer

An answer is the result of a single search. You can save an answer you want to work more on later, or just keep it for your personal use. You can also share an answer with other users. The Answers tab is where you can view and then the your saved search results.