Key terms


Alerts — Allow users to set certain conditions in the data that, when met or exceeded, trigger notifications to specific users. Alerts can be set for entire dashboards or for individual Looks or tiles.


Board — Boards allow users to curate dashboards and Looks around a specific theme, project, or question.

Browse — The Browse menu allows users to view, share, send, and download data from dashboards, Looks, and Explores. It is organized curated into sections (Home, Recently viewed, Favorites, Popular, Folders) to make it easier to find content.


Content — Explorations of data, in the form of Looks and dashboards.


Dashboard — A collection of one or more saved queries, displayed as visualization or text tiles together on one page. Centricity provides pre-made dashboards in each organization's instance of the platform, but users can also create their own custom dashboards or request that Centricity create a custom dashboard on a user's behalf.

Dimension — A dimension is a field that represents an attribute, fact, or value, which can be selected from the field picker within an Explore and can be used to filter a query. Common dimensions include such attributes as dates, names, and IDs, and often correspond to columns in your underlying data table.


Explore (n.) — An Explore is the starting point for queries. An Explore shows a specified set of fields from its associated view file, and these fields can be selected from the field picker to construct a query, which can be saved as a Look or dashboard tile. Explore URLs can also be shared.


Facet — Facets are product attributes. A Facet’s Pulse score unlocks insights into non-categorical trends and patterns in demand between attributes, rather than just products.

Field — Explores and views contain fields, mostly dimensions and measures, which are the fundamental building blocks for Centricity queries.

Field picker — The field picker displays the dimensions and measure applicable to the data shown in an Explore. Centricity developers or admins configure these dimension and measure options. The field picker may also display filter-only fields.

Filter — Limit data displayed in a query, Look, or dashboard through filters. Examples of available filters include State, date range, and Department/Category/Subcategory/Subset.

Filter-only field — Filter-only fields appear in the Explore field picker and can be used as data filters, but they cannot be added to a result set, unlike dimensions and measures.

Folder — In the Centricity platform, a folder is a place where dashboards, Looks, and other folders (subfolders) are stored. Each user has a personal folder, and a Centricity instance can also have various kinds of shared folders. Access to content in Centricity is allocated at the folder level.


Instance — A server that hosts Centricity. Because each Centricity client owns its own instance of the platform, sensitive data is protected within its own private network.


Look (n.) — A Look is a single table or visualization saved as its own individual report. Looks can be added to dashboards, scheduled, shared, and made public. Any changes made to a Look will be reflected in any dashboards that contain it.

LookML — LookML is a language for describing dimensions, aggregates, calculations and data relationships in a SQL database. The Centricity platform uses a model written in LookML to construct SQL queries against a particular database.


Measure — A measure is a field in an Explore that represents measurable information about your data, such as sums, counts, and so forth. A measure is declared in a view file and can be of an aggregate or non-aggregate type.


Permissions — Admins can manage permissions to determine which users and groups can access content, data, and features. Permissions can be model-specific or instance-wide. Permission sets must be used as part of a role to have any effect.

Pulse — Centricity's proprietary metric. Pulse measures real-time consumer demand by analyzing online consumer interactions. Include Pulse as a measure to display it in a query.


Query — A query is a request to access data from the Centricity database, according to parameters set through filters, dimensions, and measures. Once a query is saved, Centricity refers to it as a Look.


Role — A role defines the privileges that a user or group will have for a specific set of models in Centricity. Create a role by combining one model set with one permission set.

Run — The Run function triggers the retrieval of data from the Centricity database. Data will display in a query once a user "Runs" the data. A Look or dashboard will refresh with the most up-to-date data when users "Re-Run" the Look or dashboard.


Taxonomy — The Centricity Taxonomy is where we name, classify, and organize products based on shared characteristics. It consists of two main components: Product Hierarchy and Facets. The Product Hierarchy is broken down into four levels (Department > Category > Subcategory > Subset) to reflect relationships between products. Facets are attributes that can be assigned to products, but aren't limited to specific nodes in the Product Hierarchy. For example, the Facet "Material = Mahogany" could apply to both furniture and toys.

Tile — Tiles are visualizations added to a dashboard from an Explore or a Look. Tiles can be query-based or Look-linked. Query tiles differ from Look-linked tiles because they are stored only on dashboards.



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