How to Use Filters in Explore

See how to further refine your searches using filters based on source type, language, keywords, sentiment, country and authors

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Written by Whitney W.
Updated over a week ago

Search results can contain an exceptionally large number of Mentions if you do not include any specific criteria other than the query itself. This could potentially present you with results you don't want to see.

Using filters, you can narrow down the results of your search to a more granular level, depending on your needs. This article explains the following filter options in Explore:

  • Untitled Filter Set (First option): This dropdown includes Quick Picks, these are pre-defined source selections specific to your region. You can also select from Filter Sets that you have saved from previous searches

  • Source type: Display only results from specific media channels (such as Twitter or Facebook)

  • Language: Display only results in specific languages

  • Location: Display only results from specific countries and locations

  • Keyword: Display only results that contain a specific word or phrase

  • Sentiment: Display only results with a specific sentiment (such as Positive or Neutral)

  • Author: Display one of your Author lists or create a new one to be applied. Author Lists allow you to create a list of Twitter handles or Reddit users, and use the list as a filter to find documents from those handles and users. Learn more about Author Lists HERE.

  • Custom Categories: Categories are saved boolean queries that can be applied as filters to narrow your results for analysis and comparison. Learn more about custom categories HERE.

Use the Filter bar to select a specific filter.

How to Save your Filters

  1. Go to Explore

  2. Open an existing search folder or create a new one

  3. Within the Filters bar options, select the Source Type dropdown list

  4. Use the tick boxes to select the mediums to be refined to. If you'd like to further refine the publications within News, please select the next icon and enter the publications name.

  5. Now select Search to update the search

  6. To save this filter to be used again, select Filter set.

  7. Select Save and enter a name for the custom selected filter

  8. Select Save

How to Apply Saved Filters

  1. Go to Explore

  2. Open an existing search folder or create a new one

  3. Within the Filters bar options, select the first 'Filter set' option

  4. Scroll down to your saved Filters

To remove a filter, click on Clear.

Refining with Case Sensitivity

There are times when a brand name can be found in a keyword search in a different context. For example, searching for Apple may find the fruit and the technology brand.

To reduce "noise" and improve search results, select the Case Sensitivity icon in the top right corner. From here you can refine your search results to 'No Matching', 'Exact match' or 'Only match capital letters'.

Read below to learn more about the different definitions with case sensitivity:

No Matching - this means "Case Insensitive" - everything will match regardless of case
Exact Match - this means "Case Sensitive" - only matches with the exact same case as the query.
Only Match capital letters - This will set different case sensitivity on your different terms, it will set "Case Sensitive" on terms that contain capital letters, and "Case Insensitive" on terms that do not.

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