Full Text Search

Since version 3.23.23, Full Text Indexing and Searching has been introduced into MySQL. FULLTEXT indexes can be created from VARCHAR and TEXT columns. FULLTEXT searches are performed with the MATCH function. The MATCH function matches a natural language query on a text collection and from each row in a table it returns relevance.The resultant rows are organized in order of relevance.

Full Text searches are a very powerful way to search through text. But is not ideal for small tables of text and may produce inconsistent results. Ideally it works with large collections of textual data.

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