Explore Dashboard#

The main UI you encounter upon entering the Project setup space is the Explore screen, which is a pre-made dashboard that allows users to engage with Squirro features such as typeahead, faceted search, smart filters, trends, and favorites.

Note: Depending on your project, this screen may be preloaded with data or waiting for you to upload your data.

Dashboard Overview#

Like everywhere else in Squirro, all elements of the UI are connected, so the entire dashboard will be filtered by selecting a particular filter from the filter panel or by selecting a particular time range.

Filter Panel#

To the left of the page, is a filter panel with core entities like Facets, Smartfilters, Trends and Favourites listed together. While Facets, Smartfilters and Trends have their own personal management space under the tabs Load, Setup and Predict, they can all be consumed together on the explore page.

At the very least, the facets include document metadata filters like source, language etc.


The Frequency Graph#

The page is headed by the Frequency Graph, displaying the frequency of documents that meet the search query over time.

You can use this to manually refine the time range and to gain an overview over the temporal distribution of your data.

Tip: Once you have selected a range, you can use the Zoom to selection command in the right upper corner of the Frequency Graph to focus in on a particular range of time.

Results list#

The results are displayed below the Frequency Graph. These results represent documents that match the search query, as shown below:

Basic Searching#

Using the Search Field#


The search panel is the heart of Squirro. To perform a simple search, enter your search query into the search field and click the Search button or press Enter.

The dropdown / typeahead facility will make helpful suggestions based on the data set.

When you perform a search or filtering operation, such as adding a Smart Filter or selecting a value from a facet, it will be reflected in the search field by adding the value of the facet or the name of the Smart Filter.

Search Operators#

You can use search operators to enhance your search.

The following table lists the query syntax options used most often:



taco AND belltaco bell

Retrieves all documents that include both keywords.

AND is implied by stacking multiple queries – it is implied that the logical relation between them is additive, so taco bell is logically equivalent to taco +bell.



subway OR wendys

Retrieves documents that match either of the keywords.



jimmy -johnsjimmy NOT johns

Retrieves documents that contain the first keyword but not the second keyword.


" "

"pizza hut"

Retrieves documents that contain the exact phrase (case insensitive)




Retrieves documents that contain words beginning or ending with the keyword before or after the wildcard.




Retrieves documents with the associated facet.

Near Search

"<term1> <term2>"~<distance>

"subway wendys"~5

Retrieves all documents where there a no more than a specified amount of words between them. e.g. term1 is no more than 5 words away from term2.

Reference: See Query Syntax for advanced search operators.

Filtering Content#

By Time#

On the explore page, the dashboard in the default state, shows the data from ‘All time’. The time range can be filtered either by making a selection on the histogram or by selecting a time range from the time selector dropdown button placed next to the searchbar.


By histogram: Select a time range on the Results frequency chart. Click on ‘Zoom to selection' in the right upper corner of the chart to view the selected time range in even smaller time buckets.


By time selector dropdown button: Alternatively, you can select one of the pre-defined time periods available in the time selection dropdown. You can also select custom time to enter a custom time range.