Analyzing data – overview

Once you've found and selected the data to work with, the next step is doing something with it in the Analytics tab. This is where you’ll be executing calculations, linking your workflow with external resources or tools, and applying customizable chart styles and tables.

Analytics

The workflow in Analytics is organized from the left to the right.

On the left side, you have the Series Browser. Use this to select and add time series to the document. In the middle, you have the Analysis Tree this is where you work with the data you have added. At the end on the right, you have the Presentation area where your work is visualized, either as a table or chart .

Series browser

Databases

Let's start in the Series browser, there you can select and view all the databases available in Macrobond. At the top you have the Country & Region database, listed by countries and then by categories within. Country & Region database is primarily comprised of local and national sources of data, collected by Macrobond. After this there's Source & Release database which stores all data presented by the sources. Finally we have Concept & Category where data is presented by concept.  Scrolling down further, you’ll see third-party databases from of a wide array of data aggregators.

Structure

As you may notice, the data is organized using a tree structure, made up of primary and sub- categories of data. When you select the sub-category the application will generate a list of the available series for that category below.

Series browser is the same mechanism as in the Browse activity tab, for more about this see Browse – overview. You can also use Search field - here you can exclude and include relevant metadata and sort it in order of relevance. For more see Search – overview .

Series list

Opening the Series list allows you to look at series and, if needed, adjustment of various parameters. The available parameters are frequency, observations, currency, data range, conversions settings (including missing values) and forecasts. For more see Using the Series list.

Analysis tree

Add analysis

Once you've made the necessary adjustments in the Series list, you can go ahead and add analyses. For that you'll use the Add function which allows you to select from a range of different analyses and presentations. Every calculation or presentation that you select is then added as a new branch in the tree structure, which also means it'll define the output of the branches below it.

Insert analysis

While the add button always results in a new branch being added to the end of the tree, using Insert allows you to choose where in the tree you would like to insert a calculation.

Undo the changes

Easily undo changes with the standard Ctrl+Z key command, or select Undo from the Edit menu.

Using the Analysis tree is a powerful tool to help you see and understand the effect of each new analysis on the sequence of calculations. For more see Analysis tree.

Analyses

We have multiple types of analysis that can assist you with your work and not only simplify but speed up the process of modifying data and creating charts. For more see Analyses.

Formula language

You can also perform various calculations using the formula language and also things that are not possible with built-in analyses. Use this if you want to have more flexibility to customize the calculations you apply. The formula language can either be applied to the start of the tree or to a particular section. For more see Formula.