Tip of the week: Including 0 values in Insights reports

Tip of the week: Including 0 values in Insights reports

October 27, 2015
Tip of the week: Including 0 values in Insights reports

Do you have reports where the X-Axis value disappears if it is a 0 value?

For example, in this bar graph the hours 3 a.m., 4 a.m., and 5 a.m. have disappeared because no tickets were solved in those hours.

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This tip of the week covers how to include 0 values in Insights reports. Note: This metric will only work for reports with one attribute. To do this we’ll create a custom metric using the IFNULL function. For example, if we were reporting on # of Solved Tickets by Hour Ticket Solved, we would need to create a custom metric for the # of Tickets Solved Including 0.

To build the # of Solved Tickets metric:

  1. Click Reporting in the sidebar, then click the Insights tab.
  2. Click the GoodData link in the top right corner of the panel.
  3. For reporting on the # of Solved Tickets, it’s easiest to duplicate the metric. In Insights click Manage > Metrics > # Solved Tickets > Duplicate.

Then we can work on building the new # of Solved Tickets Including 0 metric.

To build the # of Solved Tickets Including 0 metric:

  1. Start by naming your new metric > Edit.
  2. At the beginning of the metric type: SELECT IFNULL ((
  3. At the end of the metric type: ), 0)*1
  4. Click Save.

The last step is to create a report. There you have it – Your report will now maintain 0 values! Remember, the IFNULL function can be applied to any metric.

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