Analytical Designer - Frequently Asked Questions

What are recommendations?

As you build an insight, the Analytical Designer creates recommendations that can help you automatically modify the insight based on common usage patterns gathered from the GoodData platform.

Are recommendations pulling in my private data for others to use?

No. The engine that generates recommendations uses metadata and aggregated usage statistics across the platform. Data security remains a top security for GoodData and no company-specific information or report data is shared.

Does the Analytical Designer replace Report Editor?

No. Analytical Designer is a tool for exploring your data and gaining insights. You can create insights that would take much longer to create in Report Editor.

How does Analytical Designer work with Report Editor?

You can create insights in Analytical Designer, export them to the standard Report Editor with a single click, and then refine them there. 

See also Why is the Open as Report option disabled below for limitations. 

Can I create metrics in Analytical Designer?

You can expand facts by applying different calculations, such as sum, average, minimum, maximum, and so on. This does not apply to metrics.

You can also use any two facts/metrics/attributes in an insight to create a metric. For details, see Create Metrics in Insights.

Why can I not edit an insight?

The insight may be used on a locked KPI dashboard (it is marked with a lock icon 

). Only workspace administrators can edit such insights. You can create a copy of this insight by clicking Save as new and edit it.

How do insight filters and the KPI dashboard filter interact?

For details, see the How the Dashboard Data Filter and Insight Date Filters Interact section in Set up a KPI Dashboard.

Why is the Open as Report option disabled?

The Open as Report option is enabled only for certain types of insights. New features in Analytical Designer do not support this option. If you, for example, filter individual facts, metrics, or attributes by date, use time over time comparison, filter insights by values, or if you rename any item in an insight, the option is disabled for any insight type.

For details, see individual Insight Types, Filter Metrics by Date, Filter Insights by Values, Insight Types, Time over Time Comparison, and Rename Metrics.

Can I hide some items from Data Catalog?

Yes, you can hide items in the embedded mode. Use the includeObjetsWithTags and excludeObjectsWithTags parameters to display or hide the facts, metrics, attributes, and dates.

If you assign tags to folders, these parameters do not show/hide them. To show a folder, show at least one item in this folder. To hide a folder, hide all items in the folder.

For additional information, see Embed Analytical Designer.

Why do some items disappear from Data Catalog?

Items in Data Catalog change dynamically as you create your insight. Analytical Designer shows only items that you can add to your insight at the moment. For example, if you add items that are not connected to any date dimension, Analytical Designer hides the date attribute because you cannot use it to filter or slice your data.

Also, items in your Data Catalog correspond with the data model of your workspace. Contact your admin if you have any questions.

Note that you can enable a feature flag that will let you show and use hidden items, which might be a valid use case in very specific scenarios for advanced users. For additional information, see also Data Catalog in Analytical Designer.

Why are some metrics and attributes hidden when I switch insights?

When you switch from one insight type to another that does not support the same sections, GoodData hides the items from those sections and displays the message “Unsupported items are hidden".

For example, when you switch from a table with items in the Metrics section and items in the Attributes section to a headline that has only the Metrics section, items from the table’s Attributes sections are hidden. When you switch back without changing anything, all the original items are displayed again.

For additional information, see Insight Types.