You can create a thesaurus to either replace or add to the default thesaurus. The creation procedure is the same for either usage. Note that a thesaurus is not limited to synonyms. It can contain anything you wish to associate with a particular word: i.e., identities, generalities, or specifics of the word entry, plus associated phrases, acronyms, or spelling variations. The Search Appliance maintains a collection of thesauruses that you upload. For each profile you may select which, if any, thesaurus to use.
Here are the steps to use the thesaurus feature.
That document refers to the thesaurus as an "equivalence file".
Thesaurus. Existing custom thesauruses can be downloaded by clicking on their name.
Namefield, enter a symbolic name that will be listed as an option in search settings. This name does not have to be related to the filename on disk in any way The name can contain letters, numbers, dash, or underscore.
Assume a thesaurus entry of: car,ford,chevy,toyota
Permutation None: Just the terms as you entered them. Query
"car" would find "car", "ford", "chevy", and "toyota". Query "ford"
would only find "ford".
Permutations Single: The terms you entered and the
reverse. Same as above plus a query for any of "ford", "chevy", or
"toyota" would find "car".
Permutations Full: Equate every term with every other in each
entry. Same as above plus a query for "ford" would find "chevy" and
New Filefield, enter (or browse to) the file on your disk to upload. Click
Save Changesto upload and index the file. When indexing is completed, you will receive a report about the indexing. If
Show results of indexingis checked, you will also get a summary of the indexed words.
Search Settingsfor a profile to activate the thesaurus. There are three related options:
Main thesaurus, and
Synonymsusing the following information.
Synonymsindicates how you want to apply a thesaurus (either yours or the default) to queries.
Disabled: no phrase recognition and no synonyms (equivalences)
Phrase recognition only: recognize query word groups that are
known phrases and search for them as phrases
Phrases & Allow synonyms: phrase recognition plus allowing the
tilde ( ) operator to match synonyms on specific query terms
Phrases & Use synonyms by default: phrase recognition and
matching synonyms on all query terms (tilde to turn off on specific
Secondary Thesaurusfields by using the following information. If you want to use only your thesaurus and not the default one, select yours for the
Main Thesaurusoption and leave verb`Secondary Thesaurus` set to none. If you want the default in addition to your own, leave
Main Thesaurusset to Built-In and set
Secondary Thesaurusto yours. The names listed in these options are the symbolic names (
Namefield) you gave your thesauruses when uploading them.
Updateto apply these settings. There is no need to check
Apply Appearance, and these settings are applied to both