Searching your eDiscovery files for a specific phrase is tricky. GoldFynch's 'sloppy search' feature lets you loosen (and broaden) your search to get better results.

GoldFynch’s ‘slop search’ feature allows you to adjust how ‘loose’ or ‘broad’ a search query for a phrase is.

While searching using a slop value, GoldFynch looks for documents that contain all the words in the queried phrase and then checks how many times a word will need to be moved to get an exact match with the queried phrase. If the distance is less than or equal to the slop value, those documents are then included in the results of the search.

Here’s how to use the slop feature:

Step 1: Click the Advanced Search tab in the main menu (i.e. the left pane). Then click Create New Search.

Navigate to the Advanced Search view

Step 2: Enter your search query (into the ‘Value’ field). And enter the slop value (into the ‘Optional Slop’ field). Then click the Execute Search button - the one with the ‘Play’ symbol.

Enter search term and slop value

For example…

If we search for “email data” using a slop value of ‘0’ (the default), we get no results:

Search with a slop value of 0

But, if we use a slop value of ‘1’ we get a result. “Email” and “data” separated by a single word: “address.”

Search with a slop value of 2

If we use a slop value of ‘3’, we’ll find an additional file:

Search with a slop value of 3

At a slop value of ‘4’:

Search with a slop value of 4

The higher the slop value, the wider the range of words will be.

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