Charts on datasets and on visual analysis

Applies to DSS 2.3 and above | February 05, 2016

The DSS data visualization component lets you create a large variety of charts with a simple drag-and-drop interface.

The charts component is available in two places in DSS:

  • At the dataset level: when you are in a dataset, click the Charts tab

    Dataset tabs

  • At the visual analysis level: click on the Charts tab

    Analysis tabs

While the basic charting features are the same in both usages, there are several key differences


  • Charts on datasets are based on the dataset itself.

  • Charts in a visual analysis are based on the result of the preparation of the dataset by the preparation script of this analysis

In both cases, charts are by default based on a sample, but this sample can be configured to extend to the whole dataset. The sample can always be configured in the Sampling tab in the left column.

In a visual analysis, the sample is computed before applying the preparation. If you have a sample made of 20’000 rows but your preparation removes 4’000 rows, the chart will be based on 16’000 rows.


Charts in a visual analysis cannot use the “Live” processing engine which runs computations in the database.

For more information, see Sampling and charts engines


Charts in a visual analysis cannot be published on a Dashboard. Only charts on a dataset can be published.

If you want to publish charts in a visual analysis, you need to first Deploy your analysis to make a prepare recipe and a new dataset. When you Deploy, you have an option to copy the charts that were on the visual analysis in the output dataset.