In the Join
For example, you could join together two sets of regional sales data based upon the product identifiers that they both use to track sales. In the Search panel, enter
join datasets or select the Join icon from the toolbar.
- A join is a standard operation for merging the data from two different datasets. Some information on joins is provided belowFor more information, see Join Types.
- You cannot perform joins on columns of Object or Array data type.
- A join operation is different from a union operation. In a union operation, data from one or more datasets is appended to the current dataset, assuming that the columns are identical or very similar. For more information, see Union Page.
Tip: Depending on the types of operations you need to perform, you may need to perform joins earlier or later in your recipe. For more information, see Optimize Job Processing.
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Before You Begin
- Review your record counts. Before you specify the join, you should review your record counts and the uniqueness of your keys, which should provide an idea of the number of records you may see in the output. Note that the number of output records depends on the type of join and the matches between join keys.
- Review your join key values. If there are variations in the values in your join keys, you may end up with duplicate records in your joined dataset. Look for mismatched or missing values in your join keys, and correct if possible.
- Review the granularity of your data. If you bring together data at a lower fidelity than the source, you can end up with record matches that are not actually matching data. For example, if your timestamps are down-sampled from milliseconds to seconds as part of the join, you may have "matching" timestamps in seconds that were not matches at the millisecond level in the source data.
Step 1 - Select Dataset or Recipe
In the Search panel, enter
Browse dataset and recipe list
In the Choose Datasets to Join dialog
datasets. Then, select the dataset or recipe that you wish to join with your current dataset.
Select dataset or recipe to join
You can use the Data tab to preview the data in the selected object.
- Use the Search bar to locate specific datasets.
- Click Accept.
- To browse objects in the current flow, click Browse current flow. See below.
Browse current flow
You can limit your review of the objects to browse to those in the current flow.
Browse current flow
Step 2 - Select Join Conditions
In the next step, you specify the type of join and one or more join keys (columns).
Specify join type and join keys
Mouse over the Dataset samples indicator to see the current samples from the datasets that are part of the join. For more information, see Samples Panel.
From the drop-down, select the type of join to apply. For more information, see Join Types below.
In the above image, the platform has determined that the item number (
Item_Nbr) field of Region 1 data and the item number (
ITEM_NBR) field from
REF_PROD should be used as the keys for performing the join.
- To make changes to the two join keys, mouse over the specified keys.:
- To remove the two columns as join keys, click the X icon.
- To edit the keys to use and other key options, click the Pencil icon. See below.
To add more join keys, click Add.
NOTE: Be careful applying multiple join keys. Depending on the join type, this type of join can greatly expand the size of the generated data.
Use a fuzzy matching algorithm for key value matching.
Fuzzy matching uses the doublemetaphone algorithm for matching strings (keys). Both primary encodings of each key value must match. See DOUBLEMETAPHONEEQUALS Function.
|Ignore case||Ignore case differences between the join key values for matching purposes.|
|Ignore special characters||Ignore all characters that are not alphanumeric, accented Latin characters, or whitespace, prior to testing for a match.|
|Ignore whitespace||Ignore all whitespace characters, including spaces, tabs, carriage returns, and newlines.|
You can use these metrics to identify the likelihood of accurate matching between the join keys and the row count generated in the output.
Step 3 - Select Output Columns
From the selected datasets, you can specify the columns to include in the output.
Select output columns
- Use the search panel to search for specific columns.
- To include all columns:
- Click the All, Current, or Join-In tabs.
- Click the checkbox at the top of the list.
You can apply prefixes to column names in the joined dataset, which can be helpful for tracking the source of a column in complex datasets. For example, you may wish to prepend each column from a dataset called,
salesRegion01 with the prefix:
- Name prefix for columns in Current data: Enter a prefix to apply to the names of columns sourced from your current dataset that appear in the joined output.
- Name prefix for columns in Joined_in data: Enter a prefix to apply to the names of columns sourced from the joined-in dataset that appear in the joined output.
Dynamically updating Joins
After you have joined in another set of data, subsequent changes to that data can be automatically reflected in the output of the join:
- Include all columns from Current data: Dynamic updates always include the latest data from your current dataset.
- Include all columns from Joined-In data: Dynamic updates always include the latest data from the dataset that you are joining in.
NOTE: After you add your join to the recipe, if the data grid is empty, then the keys that you specified in the join may not have a match in the currently selected sample. You should revisit the keys used in your join. If the join still generates an empty grid on the current sample, you should collect a new sample. See Samples Panel.
Tip: If you must freeze the data in the dataset that you are joining in, you should create a copy of the dataset as a snapshot and join in the copy. See Dataset Details Page.
To join in the copy, edit the join and change the source that is being joined. See Fix Dependency Issues.
After you have selected your columns and any advanced settings, click Review.
Step 4 - Review Join
Review the join that you have specified. To modify any aspect of it, click the appropriate Edit link.
To add the specified join to your recipe, click Add to Recipe.
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