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Trifacta Dataprep





When data is imported:

  • Supported data types from the source are converted to corresponding data types supported by the application, based upon the conversions listed in this section.
  • Types that are not supported but are recognized by the application are converted to String types.
  • Data for types that cannot be read from the source due to technical reasons are converted to null values on import.

Type Inference

By default, the Trifacta application applies type inference for imported data. The application attempts to infer a column's appropriate data type in the application based on a review of the first lines in the sample. For information on how data types are inferred, see Overview of the Type System.


On export from the Trifacta application:

  • The application maps the internal Trifacta data type to the explicit type listed in the appropriate page in this section.
  • Unmapped types are converted to the equivalent of strings.

Tip: You can import a target schema to assist in lining up your columns with the expected target. For more information, see Overview of RapidTarget.

Supported Data Types

Item Description
String Data Type Any non-null value can be typed as String. A String can be anything. See String Data Type.
Integer Data Type The Integer data type applies to positive and negative numeric values that have no decimal point.  See Integer Data Type.
Decimal Data Type Decimal data type applies to floating points up to 15 digits in length.
  • In the Trifacta application, this data type is referenced as Decimal.
  • In storage, this data type is written as Double.
See Decimal Data Type.
Boolean Data Type The Boolean data type expresses true or false values. See Boolean Data Type.
Social Security Number Data Type This data type is applied to numeric data following the pattern for United States Social Security numbers. See Social Security Number Data Type.
Phone Number Data Type This data type is applied to numeric data following common patterns that express telephone numbers and known valid phone numbers in the United States. See Phone Number Data Type.
Email Address Data Type This data type matches text values that are properly formatted email addresses. See Email Address Data Type.
Credit Card Data Type Credit card numbers are numeric data that follow the 14-digit or 16-digit patterns for credit cards. See Credit Card Data Type.
Gender Data Type This data type matches a variety of text patterns for expressing male/female distinctions. See Gender Data Type.
Zip Code Data Type This data type matches five- and nine-digit U.S. zipcode patterns. See Zip Code Data Type.
State Data Type State data type is applied to data that uses the full names or the two-letter abbreviations for states in the United States. See State Data Type.
Object Data Type An Object data type is a method for encoding key-value pairs. A single field value may contain one or more sets of key-value pairs. See Object Data Type.
Array Data Type An array is a list of values grouped into a single value. An array may be of variable length; in one record the array field may contain two elements, while in the next record, it contains six elements.  See Array Data Type.
IP Address Data Type The IP Address data type supports IPv4 address. See IP Address Data Type.
URL Data Type URL data type is applied to data that follows generalized patterns of URLs. See URL Data Type.
HTTP Code Data Type Values of these data types are three-digit numeric values, which correspond to recognized HTTP Status Codes. See HTTP Code Data Type.
Datetime Data Type Dataprep by Trifacta® supports a variety of Datetime formats, each of which has additional variations to it. See Datetime Data Type.

For more information on the data types that are supported within the Trifacta application, see Supported Data Types.

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