An attribute is a text or discrete numerical data element that is used for segmenting numerical facts or the metrics that aggregate fact values.
Attributes may contain one or more labels (also known as displayForms), which are display values for the attribute.
When configuring an attribute or a connection point in the Select Type window, you can specify the default label of the attribute that contain values to display in a report for the attribute. You can also specify the attribute label used to sort values, and its sorting order.
For more information on labels, see Label.
In the GoodData Portal, attributes are used to slice reports by specific attribute values. In a report definition, you define the attribute or attributes to use in slicing the report. You can also apply attributes to specific metric definitions.