Visualize Data with BI Ask

Use BI Ask to enter column names into the search field, select them, and quickly see a visualization containing those columns. You can use this functionality to perform impromptu visualizations without having to first build a project.

  1. On the Home Page, click the What are you interested in field.
  2. Enter your criteria. If you select an item from this drop-down list, then your visualized data is displayed.
    • What you select determines the data set for the visualization, and all other criteria that you enter is limited to columns or values in that data set.

      The name of the data set you’re choosing from is displayed in the right side of the What are you interested in field.


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    • You can search for projects and visualizations or use BI Ask. When you enter your initial search criteria, the drop-down list contains BI Ask results, which are displayed in the Visualize data using section of the drop-down list. Your initial search criteria also builds a search string to find projects and visualizations. That search string is displayed in the Search results containing section of the drop-down list. See Search Tips.


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    • Excel, CSV, and TXT data set columns with 1,000 or less distinct rows are indexed and available as search results. No database data set data values are indexed and available as search results.

  3. Enter additional criteria in the search field, select the item that you want to include, and the application builds your visualization. You can also optionally perform the following steps:
    • Enter the name of the visualization that you want your results to be displayed in. For example, enter scatter to show your data in a scatter plot chart, or enter pie to show your data in a pie chart.

    • Click Change Visualization Type to apply a different visualization to your data.

    • Click Open in Data Visualization to further modify and save the visualization.