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Created on Oct 24, 2023

Entity Identifier converted to String in Match360 Data Explorer to allow for complex searches

We've come across the limitation in Master Data Explorer's advanced search, where entity identifier with a condition of "starts with" or "ends with" breaks upon searching. The reason - as explained by Master Data Explorer Development Team - is that "the current limitation within the product caused by the storage of the Entity Identifier as a number, rather than as a string. Consequently, applying conditions intended for text data types (such as 'contains,' 'starts_with,' or 'ends_with') is not feasible".

The workaround provided was to use conditions "less than" or "greater than", but that doesnt work for our queries.

The proposed solution is to convert entity_identifier from a number to a string, to enable advanced searches completely, and allow for sampling of entity identifiers for example.

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