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IBM #WatsonAnalytics New Features - February 2017

Improved Performance and Scalability on Visualizations We continue to work on improvements to scaling of visualizations. So far, you can see that there is a new visualization action bar for zooming in/out and back to default:   On some visualizations you will also see better scaling as the size of a visualization decreases. For example, when reducing the size of the following column chart, the axis labels are removed. We will be continuing to make improvements in these areas. Highlighting and Filtering in Display Widgets in a display that use the same data set will now interact with each other when you make selections in an individual widget. If a data element (such as a bar representing a product line on a bar chart) is selected on one chart and the same element is projected (displayed) in another chart, then that same element will be highlighted on the other chart. If the same element is not projected in the other chart, that chart will be filtered by the selected data element. In the example below, when all visualizations are based on the same data set. Golf Equipment and Personal Accessories are selected on the bar chart in the top left and the treemap visualizations are both highlighted accordingly. The two summary charts do not display product line, therefore they are filtered. Filtering in Display using Hierarchies Using either the filter area in your dashboard, or a filter widget on your display, you will now be able to navigate a hierarchy tree for filtering, including making multiple selections from different levels of the hierarchy. Better Decision Tree Navigation Decision trees can be very busy and have many branches making them difficult to view. To allow users to better navigate a decision tree a minimap will be included in the top left corner. The area of the decision tree being displayed is highlighted on the map. Users can move the shaded area of the map around to view different areas of the decision tree. Users can also use the Top 5 and Bottom 5 buttons to add indicators for the most relevant branches of the tree. Additional Insights on Predict Visualizations Visual Insights will be included with more types of predictive visualizations. A new button in the visualization action bar is used for removing the insights. For example: WASM Social Media influencers Watson Analytics for Social Media will calculate an author influence score based on a combination of the number of posts by the author and the engagement with those posts. The Influential Authors report replaces the Top Authors report in WASM. WASM Italian Language support Watson Analytics will support documents authored in Italian.      

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#WatsonAnalytics New Features - December 2016

Ladies and Gentlemen, your friendly Watson Analytics product team has an early Christmas gift for you! Please see below for a list of features that are available as of today and some that are coming soon. DATA Select Data from Different Sources for Pre-Load Joining and Shaping The interface used to load data from a connection has been updated to make selections easier. Pre-load data joining no longer requires that the tables you join be from the same source PREDICT Predict Data Properties In Refine, you will find 3 new fields in the Properties of each column. These are used for Prediction. Use for Prediction You can eliminate obvious relationships from a predict analysis by removing variable fields from the analysis. To do so, set the Use for prediction property to. These fields will not be considered when finding drivers of a target, but can still be used as targets. Prediction Target The Prediction target property is used to determine which variable fields are given priority in starting points and discovery panel contents.  You don’t need to set this property to Yes to use a field as a target. Any field in the data (including one that has been set to No for Use for prediction) can be used as a target by either asking a question using that field or populating a data slot. Measurement Level Measurement level classifies the information in a variable field as continuous, ordinal, or nominal, so that valid insights may be obtained from predictive models. You cannot change the measurement level directly. It is determined by a combination of the Type, Order and Aggregation properties. Statistical Details Statistical Details have been added for continuous variable statistical analyses. These provide information about the statistical analysis that was performed to produce the predict visualization (e.g. Descriptive Statistics, ANOVA table) so that more advanced analysts can understand the details and accuracy of the analysis. To access Statistical Details, select the Analysis icon from the left-hand panel of a Discovery visualization. DISPLAY Search in List Style Filters You can now search for the filter values you want in Display. The search will return any values that contain your input. The new search field appears at the top of your list of values. Re-Order Filters You no longer have to remove and re-add filters in display to get them in the order you want. To reposition a filter, simply drag it to the new position. You will see an indicator where the filter will be inserted. No Tab Dashboards You can remove the tab area from a Display that only has a single tab. To do so, from the Format side panel, de-select Show tab area. Data Player A data player is a type of filter widget that allows you to view the same visualizations with different filter values. When you “play”, the associated visualizations animate through the different filter values. Data player style widgets have been added to Display. INTERACTION Single User Active Session Maintenance As an individual Watson Analytics user, you can sign on multiple times if you use separate browsers or devices. This is not new. What’s new is that Watson Analytics will monitor your separate sessions and prompt you to refresh when updates have been made in another session. Timeout For added security, Watson Analytics will now timeout after 30 minutes of inactivity. Drag and Drop You can now drag and drop to move assets among folders on the Data, Discover and Display landing pages. You can now drag local files directly onto the Data landing page to load them. Simply pull the file to the middle of the landing area. STORYBOOKS Multiple Data Assets You can now use multiple datasets to author a storybook. WATSON ANALYTICS FOR SOCIAL MEDIA Spam and Ad Detection WASM can now detect whether documents are “regular”, “junk”, or “advertisements. WASM assigns each document one of these types in a new “content type” field, which gets added to the data asset. This allows you to filter out the junk and ad posts to focus on relevant data. Arabic Language Support WASM supports Arabic for text analysis and sentiment detection. Author Interests WASM analyzes author profiles to determine their interests.  Terms are categorized and stored in three new fields, "Author Interest", “Author Interest – Category”, and “Author Interest - Details”, which get added to the data asset. These columns can then be used in your Watson Analytics analyses. Model Import and Export Models may be extremely complex and contain many include, context and exclude terms. You can share models quickly and easily between WASM users. Exported models are stored as .json files and can be dragged/dropped as new projects. COMING SOON New Cloud Based Data Sources You will be able to import data from 6 new data sources, Eventbrite, HubSpot, Paypal/Braintree, SendGrid, SugarCRM, and Survey Monkey Guided Tour When you log into Watson Analytics as a brand new user, you will be prompted to take a guided tour. You can interact with Watson Analytics throughout the tour (i.e. you do not need to complete or cancel the tour before you get started using the product.) The tour will appear where relevant as you move through the product. Invert Filter Values in Display Functionality similar to that available today in Discover to invert filter selections will be available in Display. Interaction with Widgets in Display To allow for more interactivity in visualizations, working with widgets and discoveries in Display will be changed. To move a widget or discovery to a new location, hold down the Move icon, located in the top center of the widget, while you drag. The Rotate icon has moved to the toolbar accessible when you select a widget. Visual Icons in Display When you select Discoveries for your Display or dashboard, you will now see visual cues for the type of visualization used in each discovery. These will only appear for new Discoveries built after this feature is delivered. Searching for Storybooks You may have noticed that storybooks have not been appearing in search results. They will now appear. Treemap We are completing our migration to RAVE 2! With the new treemap, all Watson Analytics visualizations will leverage RAVE 2 technology. Watson Analytics for Social Media – Influential Authors Coming before the new year, WASM will determine influential authors based on an engagement calculation for a given set of topics and date range. These are compared across social media platforms in the Influential Authors analysis. Watson Analytics Mobile App After a successful test flight, the Watson Analytics mobile app will be launching on December 16. Migration The migration tool will be available later this month. We will be queuing customers who wish to migrate their tenants and executing the migrations gradually to ensure a smooth transition. Administrators of tenants that are eligible for migration but have not yet migrated will receive instructions early in the new year.

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NEW FEATURE: Repeating a visualization with the Multiplier data slot

You can repeat a visualization for each member of a specified column. For example, you have a line visualization that shows revenue for each product line by quarter. Adding "Order method type" to the Multiplier data slot replaces the single visualization with a visualization for each order method. In a visualization, tap the Multiplier data slot and select the column that you want to use. You can also drag a column to the Multiplier data slot. Note: There is a limit of 20 visualizations that can be shown. Use a filter if you want to control which members of the column appear in the repeating visualizations. You now see one visualization for each member of the column that you chose. By default, the multiple visualizations are shown horizontally. If you want the multiple visualizations to be shown vertically, tap Multiplier mode and then tap Vertical. Tap Done. For more about this new feature, please see the documentation.