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This guide describes the basic concepts of Endeca product suite.

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  • Oracle Endeca Guided SearchConcepts Guide

    Version 6.2.2 March 2012

  • ContentsPreface.............................................................................................................................7About this guide............................................................................................................................................7Who should use this guide............................................................................................................................7Conventions used in this guide.....................................................................................................................7Contacting Oracle Endeca Customer Support..............................................................................................8

    Chapter 1: Welcome to Oracle Endeca Guided Search...........................9Introduction...................................................................................................................................................9Market solutions............................................................................................................................................9Oracle Endeca Guided Search components...............................................................................................10

    Installation packages for Endeca components....................................................................................11Endeca MDEX Engine query results..........................................................................................................11Two types of queries...................................................................................................................................12Logical versus physical structure................................................................................................................12Reference implementations........................................................................................................................12

    Chapter 2: Understanding Records, Dimensions, and Properties.......15About Endeca records, dimensions, and properties...................................................................................15

    Endeca records...................................................................................................................................15Dimensions and dimension values......................................................................................................15Mapping source properties..................................................................................................................16Transforming source records to Endeca records.................................................................................17Comparing Endeca properties and dimensions..................................................................................17Automatically deriving dimensions from source data...........................................................................18

    More about dimensions..............................................................................................................................19Multiple dimensions.............................................................................................................................19Dimension hierarchy............................................................................................................................20Creating dimensions and tagging records...........................................................................................24

    Chapter 3: Understanding Guided Navigation.......................................25The anatomy of a navigation query............................................................................................................25

    Identifying a record set using a navigation query................................................................................26Default and advanced navigation queries............................................................................................26

    About Guided Navigation............................................................................................................................26Guided Navigation example........................................................................................................................28

    A typical Endeca application................................................................................................................28Source data.........................................................................................................................................29Working through the example..............................................................................................................29

    Chapter 4: Using Keyword Search..........................................................33Record search............................................................................................................................................33

    Integrated navigation and record search example...............................................................................34Working through the example..............................................................................................................34

    Dimension search.......................................................................................................................................36Default and compound dimension searches........................................................................................36Default dimension search....................................................................................................................36Compound dimension search..............................................................................................................37

    Combining search queries..........................................................................................................................38Comparing dimension search and record search.......................................................................................38Additional search features..........................................................................................................................39

    Chapter 5: Understanding the Endeca Development Process.............41Major development tasks............................................................................................................................41Making initial implementation decisions......................................................................................................41

    Getting your source data.....................................................................................................................41

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  • Choosing a Web application server.....................................................................................................42Setting up your environment.......................................................................................................................42

    Preparing your source data.................................................................................................................43Creating a directory structure..............................................................................................................43Setting up your Web application server...............................................................................................43

    Building and testing your data back end.....................................................................................................43Building and testing your front-end Web application...................................................................................44

    Performance testing and tuning...........................................................................................................44

    Oracle Endeca Guided Searchiv

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