Canvs Smart Search allows users to compose more intricate custom filters, enhancing   the way that you can view and analyze your MRX data on screen.  Smart Search will produce more relevant results when searching Open Ended responses.

Canvs Summary, Topics, Emotions, and Cross Tabs are available in the Canvs Smart Search options, considerably expanding the ability to filter results in meaningful ways. You can combine emotions, topics, operators, parenthesis in any combination needed to fine tune your query.

Watch the video below to learn how to build queries using text phrases, Canvs parameters and logical operators such as AND, OR and NOT.

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The Canvs Smart Search uses a Boolean Query to pull the specific set of Open Ended Responses you need to see. Using a combination of Operators (AND, OR, NOT, Parenthesis and Quotations) will allow you to view and filter Canvs Emotions, Topics, Nets, Codes and/or Cross Tabs. 

Users can navigate the list using the keyboard arrows or by selecting COMMAND + 1,2,3,4 or 5 to hop to the desired parameter tab quickly.

Anything typed into the Canvs Smart Search, besides Operators, will be considered a search term. You can search for things like all natural or funny ad.

If we type a phrase like smells sweet into the search box without quotations, we’ll get results for that exact match. If either word is missing, or they are not together, then those results won’t be included in our search. However, different variants of these words, like: “smells sweets”, or “smells sweeter” will be included in our search.

Use double quotes around your term to look for exact word or phrase. Typing “smells sweet” will exclude other possibilities like “sweet smelling” that might get picked up by other queries.

AND Operator

The AND Operator allows you to narrow down your results. To use the “AND” operator, you'll need to type it using capital letters. In the example below, we have searched for all Open Ends that mention yoplait AND chobani.

The results will include any responses that contain both words if AND is used. 

OR Operator

The OR Operator lets you broaden your results. Use the “OR” operator by typing it with capital letters. In the example below, we're looking for Open Ends containing either the Topic dairy OR the Topic silk almond. An Open End containing both terms will also be included in the list of results.

The results will be larger if using OR, as results will contain either of the two words or phrases.

NOT Operator

The NOT Operator can help you make sure that your results do not include Open Ends containing the parameter you've specified. Again, use all capital letters to use the NOT operator. In the example below, we're looking for Open Ends that mention kirkland, unless they have the Love Emotion assigned.


Parentheses can help you group your conditions and create nested queries. The query below finds Open Ends with that include trader joe's but that don't include free text terms store or grocery

Anything that is within the parentheses will be treated as one unit in the search query. You can have more than one set of parentheses in a search query.

Note: If you combine Operators and do not use Parentheses, AND will have higher priority, This mean means dog OR cat AND love is the same as dog OR ( cat AND love).

Near Operator

The Near Operator allows you to search for words that are near one another and to control the proximity restrictions. Enter your phrase in Parentheses or Double Quotes, click the space bar, and then type in the tilde ~ followed the number of words you'd like the proximity to be set for.  

In the example below, we've entered (funny ad) ~2. The system will look for the words funny and ad as long as they're spaced up to 2 words apart. An Open End such as "What was funny about the ad was the ending" is going to be included in the list of results. 

Note: When using the Near Operator, you can specify any number between 0 and 5. You can search for free text terms only; Canvs Summary, Topics, Emotions and Cross Tabs cannot be used within Near Operators. 

If you have any questions, please reach out to support@canvs. ai.

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