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Understand Profiling Results

After you run profiling or a documentation flow, profiling results are available at the catalog item and the attribute level. The catalog item statistics present a summary of the attribute statistics, which can then be viewed in detail for each attribute.

View profiling results

To view aggregated profiling results for a catalog item, open the catalog item Profile tab. Here you can switch between sample and full profiling results, see how the records and their number changed over time, and find out more about the catalog item attributes.

Catalog item Profile tab

To learn more about a specific attribute, select the attribute name from the list.

Alternatively, select the attribute name from the catalog item Overview tab and open the attribute Profile tab. You can also view profiling results for a specific attribute in a sidebar by clicking anywhere on the attribute row.

The attribute Profile tab displays the following information:

  • The general information about the attribute, such as Attribute datatype, Name, Number of records.

  • Potential Anomalies, that is, unexpected values in your data that might point to issues in your data. See also Next steps.

  • Applied or suggested Glossary Terms. See also Next steps.

  • The count and percentage of values that are null, not null, unique, and distinct (see DQ insights).

  • How often each of the most frequent three values occur in the data (Top 3 values).

  • The syntactic format of data (Masks) for non-numeric attributes. See pattern, length statistics.

Frequency, frequency groups, quantile statistics

Profiling results include distribution statistics for all attributes, regardless of their data type.

Use frequency groups and frequency analysis together to gain more insight into the data and determine what percentage of data contains duplicated values.

Frequency Analysis

Shows how many times each value occurs in the data.

Frequency analysis
Frequency Groups

Helps you determine how many unique and duplicated values there are in the data. Null values are exluded from this analysis.

In other words, each time a value occurs more than once in your data, a new frequency group is formed. If the data contains only unique values, the group size is 1.

Frequency groups

Displays the values that occur at designated intervals in the ordered data set, with the first value on the list shown at 0% and the last value at 100%. The median value is at the 50% marker.

Quantiles are presented differently for numeric and non-numeric attributes:

  • Numeric quantiles analysis results

    Quantiles for numeric attributes
  • Non-numeric quantiles analysis results

    Quantiles for non-numeric attributes

DQ insights

DQ insights display the following information:

  • Not Null - The number of values that are not null.

  • Null - The number of NULL values in the data.

  • Distinct - The number of values that are different from others (that is, the number of records that are either unique or non-unique).

  • Duplicate - The number of values that occur twice or more times in the data.

  • Unique - The number of values that occur only once in the data (that is, they have no duplicates).

  • Non-Unique - The number of values that have at least one duplicate.

DQ insights

Mask, pattern, length statistics

These analyses are only performed on non-numeric attributes.

You can use Mask, Pattern, and Frequency analysis results to create a rule. See Create Rule from Profiling Results.
Mask Analysis

Shows the structure of values in the data, where "L" corresponds to a letter and "D" corresponds to a digit.

This can help you discover unexpected patterns in data, such as finding single character records or records with digits in an attribute containing first names.

Mask analysis
Pattern Analysis

Similarly to mask analysis, it describes the structure of values in the data. The structure of the data is represented in the form of codes consisting of the following symbols: ā€œWā€ represents a word, "N" a number, and ā€œLā€ represents a letter.

It also shows how many records have the same pattern and how many of them are distinct.

Pattern analysis
Length Statistics

Provides statistics about the length of record values, including the minimum and maximum lengths, as well as the mean.

Length statistics

Numerical statistics

Numerical statistics are calculated only for numeric attributes. These display the following information at a glance:

  • The minimum value of all records.

  • The maximum value of all records.

  • The mean value.

  • Standard deviation.

  • Variance.

  • The sum of values of all records.

Numerical statistics

Next steps

After viewing the profiling results, you can start taking first steps to evaluate and improve the quality of your data.

For each attribute, you can:

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