Creating a Topics Search using Boolean
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Written by Hassan Elgaddal
Updated over a week ago

Learning Outcomes

  • You will understand how to create a Topics search using the boolean search setup option

  • You will learn where to find a list of boolean operators and examples of boolean expressions to help you create your own boolean expression


A Topics Search empowers you to track your online presence, brand, campaign performance, or specific subjects using a collection of keywords, hashtags, and phrases. This guide will walk you through the steps of creating a Topics Search TRAC's boolean search setup option.


Step 1: Details

In this section, you will commence your search by specifying the data sources from which your content should be drawn.

  • Give your search a title.

  • Select at least one data source.

  • Choose the Boolean option.

  • Scroll to the bottom and click the 'Save and continue' button.


Step 2: Topics

This is where you'll create your boolean. You'll also be able to input any data source specific keywords and hashtags depending on the data sources that were enabled in Step 1.

Boolean Expression

Our Boolean editor is a simple and yet powerful tool, able to detect and highlight syntax errors. The editor can auto fill your keywords, location and language, and suggest some operators. You can also validate any expression before hitting submit, thus ensuring the queries you create are correct and relevant.

Available Operators

We provide a list of operators supported so if you are new to Boolean fear not, just click the drop down arrow to view the full list along with some examples. We recommend Boolean if you want to simplify your search setup i.e if you want to avoid too many repetitions of the same term.

πŸ’‘ Top Tip: Click on "Keyword Suggestions" on the top-right of the Topics page for a list of Synonyms, Comparisons, Questions, and Prepositions that can help refine your search. Simply copy and paste any relevant terms into the keywords field.

N.B. The suggestions panel currently only supports English terms.

Source-Specific Keywords

Some sources require keywords to be entered separately in their own input fields.


Step 3: Analysis

Select one visual AI model, as well as entity and emotion analysis, in addition to our default analysis within our text models.

πŸ“ Note: You can learn more about our analysis models through the following articles:


Step 4: Summary

Review your search and make any necessary adjustments. Your search will only be saved once you click 'Ok, Create Search'.

πŸ’‘ Top Tip: Use the sample mentions you receive in the summary to spot any irrelevant content and refine your search accordingly.


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