Aliasing: customizing dimension and metric names

You can refer to dimensions and metrics using customized names called aliases. You can define aliases for a particular data view or for a particular report.

Global aliases for selected data view

You can define alias names for dimensions and metrics available in a particular data view on the Data tab. Click Global aliases link above the table to display the Aliases window.

Example:
An example of the alias definition screen

Your settings will be applied to all DMI reports that are based on the selected data view. If you do not want to use aliases on the current report, select Disable aliases for current report.

Click OK to save the new alias definitions.

Click Reset to clear all aliases from the screen.

Aliases for a single report

You can define aliases for dimensions and metrics for a particular report on the Result Display tab. Click the alias icon above the dimension and metric names to display the Aliases window.

Figure 2. Aliases Window – Table Header Aliases Tab

The table header aliases screen
The table header aliases screen

The following aliasing functionality is available:

General Aliases

On the General Aliases tab, you can define new names for selected dimensions and metrics.

Table Header Aliases

On the Table Header Aliases tab, you can define table headers, that is, new names for selected dimensions and metrics in the report table. These names override the names specified on the General Aliases tab. You can also define multi-level shared headers for a number of table columns. The configuration tab is available only if tables are actually being used by the report.

Chart Aliases

On the Chart Aliases tab, you can define new names for selected dimensions and metrics as they should appear on charts. These names override the names specified on the General Aliases tab. The configuration tab is available only if charts are actually being used by the report.

Defining multi-level table headers

To define a multi-level shared header for a number of table columns, select the Table Header Aliases tab, type the shared header name in each of the applicable boxes, press [Enter], and then type the dimension or metric name as appropriate. Click OK to save the new alias definitions. If you define a header alias, the Information icon appears next to the dimension or metric name to notify you of the defined header.

As shown in the following figure, Client bytes, Server bytes, and Total bytes are grouped under one header: Usage. The following figure shows a report with the defined alias. 
An example of a report with a header alias

Note

You can define more than one header level. For example, you can divide metrics grouped under the Usage header into two groups: Client/Server and Total . To do this, type the consecutive headers in separate lines.

Special considerations for using aliases for charts

Chart aliases simply define a new name to display in the chart for the specified dimension or metric. This new name takes precedence over any other name, either the original name of the dimension or metric, or the alias defined on the General Aliases tab.

Using chart aliases is particularly useful when metric names are long.

For chart aliases, if you do not want a dimension or metric name to appear at all on the chart, insert a single hyphen ( -  ) instead of any new name for the dimension or metric.