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New AI and Advanced Analytics capabilities in 11.1.6

By Jason Tavoularis posted Thu April 23, 2020 01:51 PM

Here's a quick recap of some of the latest improvements in AI and Advanced Analytics delivered in Cognos Analytics 11.1.6

AI Learning
As of version 11.1.6, your usage and preferences are used in subsequent AI recommendations to provide a more personalized experience. For example, Cognos Analytics may recommend a Packed bubble chart. By changing the recommended visualization to Word cloud, and saving your selection, AI learns from your usage and may recommend the Word cloud chart next time.


AI Learning is enabled by default, but can be changed from your advanced preferences settings under the Personal menu. You must have the AI > Learning capability to use this feature.

In version 11.1.6, the AI learns which types of visualizations you prefer when you save a dashboard, story, or exploration. Only the changes you made since the last time you saved the asset will impact the AI's machine learning recommendations. Any usage without saving won't be learned by the AI. 

Visualization types are weighted based on both AI recommendations and learning, so the AI will only recommend appropriate visualization types for the data at hand, even if you have shown a preference for other visualization types that aren't well suited for the current result set of data. You may need to save a preferred visualization type multiple times before it becomes that AI's top recommendation.

In the future, we are planning to enable the AI to learn other preferences, for example which subset of fields within a data source are most interesting to you.

Guided Dashboard Creation

From the AI Assistant, you can now generate a dashboard based on specified fields of interest. For example, tell the Assistant:
- create dashboard for profit in 2019
- generate dashboard for top 10 products by profit
- create dashboard for products by profit in Florida


Stand-Alone Calculations in AI and Advanced Analytics

Stand-alone calculations are now fully supported with AI and advanced analytics features, including the AI assistant, relationship diagram in Explore, and the decision tree, spiral, and driver analysis visualizations.

For example, in Explore, the relationship diagram is now displayed when a stand-alone calculation is used as a field of interest.

Stand-alone calculations, sometimes also referred to as global calculations, reside outside of a table or query subject, and can refer to fields from any table in the data module or model. This type of calculations can be created in data modules and Framework Manager models, as well as directly in dashboards, stories, and explorations.


Time-series Natural Language Insights

The Details tab of a visualization in Explore now displays time-series natural language insights so be on the lookout for those when exploration time-series visualizations!