Watson™ Explorer Engine provides a powerful, integrated reporting service that enables users to obtain both on-demand and automatically scheduled reports that deliver detailed information about items such as the following:

  • summary information about end-user interaction with specific (or all) applications: the most popular queries to an application, the most popular search results, the most common sources in which matching search results were found, the most common clusters created in an application, any queries that did not return any results, and so on. These types of reports are known as application reports.
  • system messages and error conditions related to Watson Explorer Engine applications. This type of report is known as a system report.
  • status information for Watson Explorer Engine services such as the search engine service, scheduling service, the source testing service, and the reporting service itself. This type of report is another example of a system report.

This wide range of available report data provides valuable information for both application developers, who can use this information to fine-tune and enhance their application, and for system administrators, who can use this information to identify and resolve emerging problems before they become critical.

This tutorial shows how to create both application and system reports, how to run reports manually and schedule them for automatic execution, and how to customize reports in ways such as restricting them to a specific application or creating reports that combine results from multiple hosts that are running Watson Explorer Engine.

To proceed to the next section, click Using Watson Explorer Engine Built-In Reports.