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  In the Q3 2017 US Data release there were six reports that incorrectly reference the D&B Business Summary Employees and Establishments vintage as “Q2 2017” instead of the correct vintage of “Q3 2017”. This issue is purely cosmetic in the report – the data is still from the Q3 2017 vintage. The reports can be found in the dataset, “Experian US 2017A (Q3 2017 Release)(v.8.6)”, within the Demographic Analysis tools in Alteryx.   Affected Reports: Demographic Snapshot Comparison Report Demographic Snapshot Index Comparison Demographic Summary with Index Demographic Trend Summary Executive Demographic Population Comparison Report   Action Required: Replace the incorrect report template files. Close any open instances of Alteryx or Allocate Download, unzip and extract Q3_2017_Fixed_Report_Templates.7z from the Community Article to the local Alteryx data install location. You need to place these in the Reports folder – found under […]\Portfolio\ALTERYX_US_Experian_17A_17B\Reports. A typical install location is C:\Program Files (x86)\Alteryx\DataProducts\Portfolio\ALTERYX_US_Experian_17A_17B\Reports Overwrite the existing templates with the updated templates   How to Validate: Generate a report using a corrected template. Launch Alteryx Drag out an Allocate Input tool Select the dataset “Experian US 2017A (Q3 2017 Release)(v.8.6)” Select any single geography Drag out and connect an Allocate Report tool to the Allocate Input tool Select the dataset “Experian US 2017A (Q3 2017 Release)(v.8.6)” Select the “Executive Demographic” report Click the Index button and select any State geography Press run – the report should now reference “Q3 2017” – and not “Q2 2017” – for the Employee and Establishment fields If you are an Allocate GUI user, the updated reports can be validated there.   If you have other concerns or need assistance with these instructions, please contact our Customer Support team at support@alteryx.com.
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The Europe (EU) Spatial Data includes analytics-ready data from TomTom as well as data-specific analysis tools to get the most from the packaged data. The documentation package includes –   Release notes Spatial products include documentation on drive time methodology and Alteryx map layers Countries included in this install are:   Andorra Austria Belgium Croatia Czech Republic Denmark Finland France Germany Gibraltar (British Overseas Territories) Hungary Italy (including Vatican City) Liechtenstein Luxembourg Monaco Netherlands Norway Poland Portugal San Marino Slovakia Slovenia Spain Sweden Switzerland   Release Documentation download: http://downloads.alteryx.com/ReleaseDocumentation/Q32017_EU_Spatial.zip
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The UK and Republic of Ireland (ROI) Spatial Data includes analytics-ready data from TomTom as well as data-specific analysis tools to get the most from the packaged data. The documentation package includes –   Release notes Spatial products include documentation on drive time methodology and Alteryx map layers   Release Documentation download: http://downloads.alteryx.com/ReleaseDocumentation/Q32017_UKROI_Spatial.zip
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The  ConsumerView Matching macro  enables users to match their customer file to the Experian ConsumerView data. Starting with customer information such as name and address you can leverage the ConsumerView macro in Alteryx to append a variety of information about your customers such as household segmentation, home purchase price, presence of children in a home, estimated education and income levels, length of residence, and many more!
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The Brazil (BR) Spatial Data includes analytics-ready data from TomTom as well as data-specific analysis tools to get the most from the packaged data. The documentation package includes –   Release notes Spatial products include documentation on drive time methodology and Alteryx map layers   Release Documentation download: http://downloads.alteryx.com/ReleaseDocumentation/Q32017_BR_Spatial.zip
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The Australia and New Zealand Spatial Data includes analytics-ready data from TomTom as well as data-specific analysis tools to get the most from the packaged data. The documentation package includes –   Release notes Spatial products include documentation on drive time methodology and Alteryx map layers   Release Documentation download: http://downloads.alteryx.com/ReleaseDocumentation/Q32017_AUNZ_Spatial.zip
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I updated a dataset and now my workflow is looking for a weirdly named vintage?
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The US Data package includes analytics-ready data from TomTom, Experian, Dun & Bradstreet and the US Census as well as data-specific analysis tools to get the most from the packaged data. The documentation package includes –   Release notes, variable list and change log Experian CAPE demographic data methodology document, Mosaic segment descriptions Experian ConsumerView Analytical file – user guide and penetration report Simmons overview D&B Analytical file - data description, SIC lookup code, penetration report Kalibrate Technologies traffic count overview and metadata Spatial products include documentation on drive time methodology and Alteryx map layers   Release Documentation download: http://downloads.alteryx.com/ReleaseDocumentation/Q22017_US_Data.zip
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The Canada Data package includes analytics-ready data from TomTom, Dun & Bradstreet and Statistics Canada as well as data-specific analysis tools to get the most from the packaged data. The documentation package includes –   Release notes, variable list and change log D&B Analytical file - data description, SIC lookup code, penetration report Spatial products include documentation on drive time methodology and Alteryx map layers   Release Documentation download: http://downloads.alteryx.com/ReleaseDocumentation/Q22017_CA_Data.zip
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The Canada Spatial Data includes analytics-ready data from TomTom as well as data-specific analysis tools to get the most from the packaged data. The documentation package includes –   Release notes, variable list and change log Spatial products include documentation on drive time methodology and Alteryx map layers   Release Documentation download: http://downloads.alteryx.com/ReleaseDocumentation/Q22017_CA_Spatial.zip
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The UK and Republic of Ireland (ROI) Spatial Data includes analytics-ready data from TomTom as well as data-specific analysis tools to get the most from the packaged data. The documentation package includes –   Release notes Spatial products include documentation on drive time methodology and Alteryx map layers   Release Documentation download: http://downloads.alteryx.com/ReleaseDocumentation/Q22017_UKROI_Spatial.zip
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The Brazil (BR) Spatial Data includes analytics-ready data from TomTom as well as data-specific analysis tools to get the most from the packaged data. The documentation package includes –   Release notes Spatial products include documentation on drive time methodology and Alteryx map layers   Release Documentation download: http://downloads.alteryx.com/ReleaseDocumentation/Q22017_BR_Spatial.zip
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The US Spatial Data includes analytics-ready data from TomTom and the US Census as well as data-specific analysis tools to get the most from the spatial data. The documentation package includes – Release notes, variable list and change log Spatial products include documentation on drive time methodology and Alteryx map layers   Release Documentation download: http://downloads.alteryx.com/ReleaseDocumentation/Q22017_US_Spatial.zip
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The Australia and New Zealand Spatial Data includes analytics-ready data from TomTom as well as data-specific analysis tools to get the most from the packaged data. The documentation package includes –   Release notes Spatial products include documentation on drive time methodology and Alteryx map layers   Release Documentation download: http://downloads.alteryx.com/ReleaseDocumentation/Q22017_AUNZ_Spatial.zip
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The Europe (EU) Spatial Data includes analytics-ready data from TomTom as well as data-specific analysis tools to get the most from the packaged data. The documentation package includes –   Release notes Spatial products include documentation on drive time methodology and Alteryx map layers Countries included in this install are:   Andorra Austria Belgium Croatia Czech Republic Denmark Finland France Germany Gibraltar (British Overseas Territories) Hungary Italy (including Vatican City) Liechtenstein Luxembourg Monaco Netherlands Norway Poland Portugal San Marino Slovakia Slovenia Spain Sweden Switzerland    Release Documentation download:  http://downloads.alteryx.com/ReleaseDocumentation/Q22017_EU_Spatial.zip
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Shipping and Gallery schedule for data delivered to licensees of Alteryx Designer with Data, Alteryx Designer with Spatial and CASS. 
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Question:  A data artisan isn't receiving notifications of CASS updates. How can they be added to the CASS list? Or how can someone be removed from the notification list? Since CASS expires every 2 months, being notified is important.   Answer:  Send an email to fulfillment@alteryx.com with the email addresses for inclusion or removal  
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When using the Demographic Analysis tools in the Alteryx Designer there are two types of variables you’ll be able to utilize from the Allocate Engine: built-in and virtual variables. Built-in variables are the most granular demographic measures the engine offers and virtual (custom) variables are calculated from these built-in variables. If you’re interested in taking a look at the underlying formulas that constitute these variables, there are two ways to do so:   Through the Alteryx Data Products GUI   You can find the Alteryx Data Products Allocate Interface in your start menu   From here just locate your variable in the “Variables” tab   Then select “File” and “Variable Information”     The Allocate Metainfo tool In the Allocate Metainfo tool select “Variables”     After running the workflow, the list of variables in your chosen dataset will be output, along with their constituent formulas (if they are virtual variables) You can also create your own custom variables! For your reference, a list of demographic variables that are included in the Alteryx Data Packages can be found here.
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The US and CA Data and Spatial Bundles contains many datasets, including the Melissa Data CASS engine.  While the US and CA Data Bundles are updated every quarter, CASS is updated every 2 months.  Luckily, the install file size for CASS is just over 1gb, so we are able to provide this update as a download.  Once downloaded, a few simple steps will get you on your way to using the most updated version of CASS. On occasion though, users have reported a few issues with being unable to utilize CASS.  Because of this, we have decided to provide full download and install instructions, with a final portion of frequent questions and issues.   To install the latest CASS: Download the latest version of CASS.  This is sent via email from Alteryx Products on a bi-monthly basis and will be in the format of the following: http://downloads.alteryx.com/CASS_US_CAN_20YY_MM.exe YY is the current year and MM is the current month release of CASS.  Double-click on the .exe file.  This starts the 7-Zip Self-Extractor.  Choose a location where you would like to extract the install files. IMPORTANT: This does not actually install the files, it only extracts the install files. Once the install files have been extracted, located and double-click the file DataInstall.exe.  This will be in the directory you just extracted to in the previous step. When the install dialogue pops up, check the box to accept the license agreement and click Next. The next screen allows you to select datasets to install.  Depending on which install you've chosen, you will see the option to install US, Canada, or both versions of CASS.  Check all boxes, then click Next.  This screen displays all current datasets installed on your machine.  Checking any box here will uninstall the dataset.  By default, the previous version of CASS will be checked for uninstall.  Make sure all prior versions of CASS are checked, then click Next. IMPORTANT: You must uninstall all previous versions of CASS during this process.  If you have any expired versions of CASS on your local machine, no other versions of CASS will work properly. Browse to the directory you wish to install CASS to, then click Finish. Once the above steps have been completed, you will be able to use CASS on your local machine. FAQ/Common Errors: Error: CASS (2): CASS is not installed properly or it has expired. Please contact your reseller or Client Services at 1-866-516-2400 1-866-516-2400  FREE to receive an updated CASS database. This is often because a prior version of CASS is still installed.  Re-run DataInstall.exe and make sure all prior versions of CASS are checked in the Uninstall screen. CASS was installed on a network drive and permissions are not allowing you to see it.  Try re-running DataInstall.exe and install CASS on a local drive. Error: CASS (1): The Melissa Data CASS engine appears to not be installed (can't find dll). This is often the result of mismatched registry entries or install folders.  Please contact support@alteryx.com for resolution. In most cases, the solutions for error 1 above will resolve your issue, but if not please don't hesitate to reach out to support@alteryx.com for handling. Thanks, and until next time! Chad Follow me on Twitter! @AlteryxChad 
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