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I found what I think is a bug. Usually the bug maker is me, but on this occasion I really think that it could be Alteryx (version 10.1.6.60263). Maybe we could add a category for posts as: Is this a bug? Currently, the idea labels allow for a "BUG". But is bug reporting really part of New Ideas?
I'm going to report my findings to email@example.com.
For those interested in what I'm observing:
Try creating a INTERFACE using an ERROR MESSAGE tool. Once you've got a formula and an error message, check the ANNOTATION. Do you see one on the canvas and do you see it in the configuration? Try putting a brief annotation into the Annotation box. I believe that the Annotation should appear in the annotation box as it does with other tools. Check the canvas and see what happens. Here's what mine looks like:
The "Field Summary" tool and several others have a configuration requirement that provides a list of fields to select or deselect. The selection action is singular meaning you can only effect the action on one item in the list of many. As the number of fields we work with grows significantly this becomes a time consuming and tedious task.
This should be enhanced to allow highlighting of multiple fields to select or deselect as we can do in tools like the "Select" tool.
The field summary tool is an excellent resource to get an overview of the data and spot targets for analysis or data cleansing.
Unfortunately it has limitations either in the number of fields included or some combination of the number of fields and one or more of its attributes. There is nothing in the documentation I found to make a user aware of this. When you exceed N fields selected the system just hangs, indicating it is running but there is no connection progress shown and nothing seems to happen, even if you limit input to 1 record.
Through trial and error I found an approximate limit in number of fields I can include and still have it work.
I request that Alteryx update the tool help info and devise enhancements to dynamically load balance the tool so it can scale to the number of fields requested or at least warn when the limit is reached or approached. The latter warning could be similar to the red font warnings in the formula tool when you have a malformed expression. However a load balancing version is most desired.
The issue as it stands results in users wasting a lot of time trying to make the tool work as expected, then report it to support as an apparent bug in the tool which can be argued both ways.
I realize in the real world there are limits but in this real world we are seeing the number of fields to analyze increase significantly, especially when you have a data license and integrate 3rd party data to you own native data adding a hundred or hundreds more fields.
How about adding the ability to split intersecting trade areas at the points of intersection to create two new spatial objects. The two objects could then be used to process customer records and divide them into "territories" based on the line of intersection.
I am trying to use the Dynamic Replace to selectively update records in a set of variables from survey data. That is, I do not have all potential values in the “R” input of Dynamic Replace. Instead, I have a list of values that I would like altered from their current values by respondent (RespondentID) and question # (Q#). Currently, when I run the workflow, any Q#/ResponseID combos that are not in my “R” input are replaced with blanks. However, I would like an option that maintains the original data if there is nothing to replace the data with. Without this option, there are few (I'm still working on some ways) workarounds to ensure the integrity of the data.
The community could benefit from easier integration of splitting and applying functions to grouped data. The summarize tool is great for splitting your data and applying summary statistical functions. It would be super useful to take that block just one step further, and allow users to apply any other (aggregate) function to their grouped data instead of just the built-in functions in the summarize tool. I would envision that aggregate function either being a custom function that is a combination of existing user-specified functions within Alteryx (e.g. in the formula tool) and/or even an interface that allows you to use other Alteryx macros on the grouped data.
Apply user-defined functions, or other powerful Alteryx macros to grouped and data is a very common operation in the data analyst's daily workflows and being able to apply them without reverting to batch/iterative macros in a seamless manner would be naturally helpful.
I think there should be the ability to turn on and off the “Browse Everywhere” function. I have found that my temp drive is filling up faster than it did before this most recent addition and, while I think Browse Everywhere is fantastic for QA, I don’t necessarily need it working in every workflow I run.
When giving a user a dropdown list, it is difficult to give them an option of the data in a specific column. So if I have a "State" column, I would like to give the user a dropdown of all of the states currently represented in the table. So if there was "Nebraska, Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, South Dakota", the dropdown list would give them an option to select Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, and South Dakota. This could be useful on both List boxes and Dropdown lists. Currently there is a workaround that lets you do it, but it is not a great solution because if there is a space (Like in South Dakota), it puts an underscore in it so parsing is required.
Would be nice to select a bunch of consecutive fields, and cut them and paste them to a different area. Currently, the only options are to Move to Top or Move to Bottom. If you want to move somewhere in between, you have to scroll through the whole list.