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Adding Global Dimension Filters

You can refine search usage analytics data by creating one or more dimension filters that apply on all usage analytics data shown in reports, exports or in the Visit Browser (see Reviewing and Managing Dashboards, Reviewing and Managing Usage Analytics Explorers, Managing Data Exports, Reviewing User Visits With the Visit Browser, and Who Can Perform the Page Actions). For that matter, it is recommended to only add global filters such as Language is en-us or Country is United States.

Notes:

  • (For reports only) Global filters are applied on all report cards (see Exception), meaning that filters in cards can be affected whether they filter on the same dimension(s) as the global filters:

    • If a filter on the same dimension does not contain the global filter dimension value, depending on the dimension type:

      • For textual dimensions (Document Title, User Name, City, etc.), the filter value on the card is added to the global filter value using the OR operator.

        Example: On your table card, you have a filter limiting the content origin to only Seattle and Paris (City is Seattle or Paris). On your dashboard, you add the following global filter: City is New-York. Your table card now shows content that comes from New-York, Seattle or Paris. The resulting filter is thus: [City is New-York OR (City is Seattle or Paris)].

      • For numerical dimensions (Number of Results, Click Rank, etc.), depending on the filter values, the No search statistics error message can appear in the card or not.

        Example: On your table card, you have a filter limiting the content to only queries that return less than 10 results (Number of Results is less than 10). On your dashboard, you add the following global filter: Number of Results is greater than 10. Your table card now shows the No search statistics error message since there is no queries that can return both less and more than 10 results at the same time.

        If you instead added the following global filter: Number of Results is greater than 5. Your table card would have shown the queries that returned between 6 and 9 results.

    • If a global filter and a filter in a card do not filter on the same dimension, but affect each other (e.g., Country and City), the No search statistics error message can appear if no content matches the resulting filter.

      Example: On your table card, you have a filter limiting the content origin to only Seattle (City is Seattle). On your dashboard, you add the following global filter: Country is Canada. Your table card now shows the No search statistics error message since there is no content that comes from both Canada and Seattle.

  • Global filters are only applied on visit metric cards if the dimensions used in the global filters are available for user visits (see Adding Visit Metric Cards in Usage Analytics Dashboards).

    Example: When global filters filter on a Group or a Keyword dimension value, the global filters are not applied on visit metric cards.

Last update: August 17, 2017