Search for information

To find chart items that might be of interest to your investigation, you can search item properties for specific information. Different search tools on the Analyze tab fulfill different needs.

Search across all chart items and their data

Use the Search pane to search for text, numbers, or dates in any property of any item on the chart. This feature is useful when you are not sure which property contains the information.

A text property match within the chart can be partial, and the search is not case-sensitive. The search does not match synonyms or misspellings. For example, 'Rob' matches 'ROBERT', but not 'Bob'. To provide matches for numeric data where values are rounded, or when the data has greater precision than the search value, a match can be fuzzy. For example, 32.5 matches 32 and 33, and 32 matches 32, 32.1, and 32.9.

Results are displayed in a table and ranked by how well they match the search terms.

Search for text

Use Find Text to search across multiple properties that store textual information. You can limit the search scope to the selected items, and limit the scope to only entities or only links.

You can limit which properties are searched, so that Analyst's Notebook looks for the search text only in relevant parts of the item. For example, it would not be useful to search the Source Reference property for a vehicle license plate number.

A match within the chart can be partial. The search is not case-sensitive, unless you use wildcards or a regular expression to search for a text pattern. For example, you can use wildcards or a regular expression to search for a vehicle on a partial recollection of the license plate, such as the first and last character.

Structured search

Use Visual Search to create a structured search, which searches for data in specific properties of chart items. You can specify multiple search criteria. For example, you can specify that you are looking for an entity that is assigned the Person semantic type, contains 'Tom Smith' in its label, and has 14 June 1982 for its 'Date of Birth' attribute value.

You can also specify characteristics that are described by a linked entity. For example, to find a Tom Smith who lives at 12 Main Street, you can specify that Tom Smith must be linked to a Location entity that has '12 Main Street' for its 'Address 1' attribute value.

You can search for relationships in your data. For example, to identify the accounts that are involved in high value transactions, you can search for links that represent transactions of value greater than $75000. If a matching relationship is found, you can choose to select any part of the relationship such as the link, or a combination such as both entities and the link.