Column visibility and metadata can be managed from both the Tables panel and the Columns panel. The Columns panel presents a tabular listing of tables and columns, as opposed to the graphical representation shown in the Tables panel. Whether you choose to manage column visibility and metadata from the Tables or Columns panel will largely depend on personal preference.

Column Types

Each column has a corresponding icon that represents the data type of that column. This metadata is imported from the data source in the data flow, and cannot be changed, as it describes the type of data in stored in the column:

  • '#' means an integer or whole number
  • '0.9' means a decimal or 'floating' number
  • 'Aa' means text
  • a calendar means date or time
  • means boolean

Column Visibility

Visibility determines which tables and columns will be visible in the data model. Pyramid automatically detects key columns and hides them, so they will not be visible in the data model unless you make them visible. You can make changes to column visibility as required.

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Column Metadata

Display Name

This is the display name of the column in the data model (not the database schema). You can change the display name if required.


Add a description if required. The description will appear in the column tooltip for end-users.

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You can organize columns into display folders by entering a folder name in the Display Folder field. While measures and hierarchies are automatically sorted into folders, other columns are not. Defining folders can be a useful way of organizing the columns in larger tables.

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Categories are used to assign a column to a specific 'type', such as date-time, geospatial, or machine learning. Assigning the column to the appropriate category is crucial in enabling functionality for that category when building queries on the model.

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Primary Keys/ Indexing

Primary key columns are used to uniquely identify each row in a Table. Unless specified otherwise, Pyramid assumes that the first column in each table is the primary key, and creates joins accordingly.

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