In Tableau Server 9.2, search results are sorted alphabetically. Often the content that people are looking for is not at the top of an alphabetical list. Unfortunately, this can push people to resort to naming their workbooks and views with prefixes like "_" or "*" or "@" as these symbols will precede a workbook named "aa_MyAwesomeWorkbook."
In Tableau 9.3, we are using a combination of metrics—number of views, recent activity, favorites—to calculate a simple search relevancy score. It doesn’t rival Google’s search algorithm (yet), but we hope it will help bring the most relevant content higher up in search results.
We have also made UI improvements to the quick search results on the server. You can see, inline, preview thumbnails along with the viewing activity, and favorite counts for workbooks and views.
If you don’t find what you need in the top five search results, click on "see all." On the resulting page, you’ll see the content is still sorted by relevance by default. As long as the search context is active, you can switch back and forth between different sort orders, including relevance.
Check out search in Tableau 9.3 and tell us know in the comments below:
- Are you consistently finding what you are looking for in the top three to five search results?
- Do you think sorting the results by relevance is better than alphabetically for your usage?