AND / OR search

AND / OR searches are two typical search configurations: Given a search with multiple words (e.g. "samsung screen") an AND search will only find products which matches both teams. An OR search, however, will find all products which match at least one of these terms. In practice an AND search is useful to find high quality matches: A customer searching for "samsung screen" does not want to find all screens and all products from Samsung: He wants to find all screens from the brand Samsung. OR searches on the other hand might be useful for searches such as "display monitor" where people want to find all products matching one of the terms.

AND / OR searches in SES

The default configuration of SES includes both: Given a search like "samsung screen" SES will give products matching both terms (AND) a relevance of 100. Products matching only one of the terms (OR) will get a relevance of 80. This way you get best of both worlds: High quality matches will always be ranked first, less quality matches can still be found.

Changing the configuration

In the following examples two products "chair" and "clock" have been defined.


In the SES backend module only one rule is defined. The operator configuration is set to "OR":

Searching in the frontend for "clock chair" both products can be found.


Now only an AND rule is configured by setting the operator configuration to "AND":

Now the search will not return any results, as there are no products with both words in the name:

If there was a product such as "clock with chair motive" it would be found.


As described above, pure AND / OR searches for products can easily be configured in SES. In most cases, however, the combined approach is more useful: It makes sure that AND matches are preferred while OR matches can still be found as fallback. Also notice that AND rules will only apply per field: So the "samsung screen" example will only apply as long as both terms are part of the same field (e.g. the name). An AND search over multiple fields could be implemented, however, by decorating \SwagEnterpriseSearch\Bundle\SearchBundleES\SearchQueryBuilder::buildQuery where the actual search queries are created. Also you could index the both fields in question as one field and then configure it from the backend module.

Other entities

Content related search results (e.g. blog, categories, shopping worlds etc) are implemented using the completion_suggestion functionality of ElasticSearch and cannot be configured from the backend module. The relevant logic for these search types can be found in \SwagEnterpriseSearch\Bundle\SearchBundle\SuggestionFacet as well as \SwagEnterpriseSearch\Bundle\SearchBundleES\SuggestionHandler.