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Filters & Comparisons


Rill is particularly suited for exploratory analysis - to be able to slice & dice data quickly. As such, there are a variety of filter types and filter mechanisms throughout the app. The goal for each Rill dashboard is to provide users with as all metrics and dimensions required for each use case and create an interactive experience to cut data in any form.

Add / Hide Dimensions and Metrics

Users can add or hide dimensions and metrics to a subset of fields they wish to see at any given time. At the top left, above the time series and above the top left leaderboard, you'll find the Measures & Dimensions selectors to add or hide from the page. In the example below, network and country are deselected so would be hidden from view.


hiding metrics and dimensions by default

You can also change settings in the dashboard configuration to hide certain fields by default. You may want to do this to make dashboards easier to use (less complicated, narrowed to most commonly used) and to improve performance (hide high cardinality dimensions or complicated expressions in metrics). For more details, check out dashboard customizations.

Filter by Dimensions

The primary/easiest way to filter data is by selecting values in the dimension tables. Leaderboards within Rill are fully interactive. Selecting any dimension in the table will automatically filter the remaining leaderboards and metrics by that selection.

To add or remove dimensions on the page - select the All Dimensions picker above the Leaderboards. Next to the All Dimensions picker, you can also change which Metric is being highlighted to be able to update the entire page and cycle through each dimension table sorted by each metric.

You can also expand each dimension table to see all metrics and full list of those dimensions. In the expanded Leaderboard, you can search for dimension values, select all values returned, or exclude values from the result.

Any filter applied in the Leaderboard will also show up in the filter bar at next to the time picker. You can apply the same search capabilities and select features in the filter bar as well.


Filter by Metrics

There are also use cases where you want to filter by the metric values returned. As an example - all customers over $1000 in revenue, all campaigns with at least 1 million impressions, all delivery locations with late times over 4%, etc.

To add or remove metrics on the page - select the All Measures picker above the Time Series charts.

These metric filters can be applied from the filter bar. To apply a metric filter:

  • Select the metric you wish to filter by (e.g. Total Cost)
  • Select which dimension to sort/key the metric by (e.g. Cost by Region)
  • Select your Threshold Type (e.g. Great Than)
  • Input your Threshold amount and Click Enter



Metric filters are a good way to "sort" by two different metrics. First, apply your metric threshold. Then, sort by your metrics within the Leaderboard to do multi-metric sorting.

As an example - to see most active enterprise customers - filter all customers with revenue greater than $1000 then sorted by number of users increased descending.

Time & Dimension Comparisons

Time Comparisons

Time comparison is a key feature of Rill and recommended to find insights quicker by highlighting differences between periods. To compare different periods, first select your time period for analysis - either a predefined period or a custom range in top left time picker.

After selecting that range, select Compare by Time - either defaulting to the same prior period or selecting a custom comparison period.


Default and comparison periods can be configured in your dashboard file. Visit Dashboard Reference for more details



Rill provides different options for time period comparison - by time period or by selected hours.

For the former, you can let data "fill in" by selecting time period options like last day, previous 7 days, last week. Future periods will show 'no data.' Use cases here would be for pacing reports or seeing data refresh during business hours.

For the latter, you can compare the full period looking with options like last 24 hours vs. prior 24 hours. In this case, the time series will be fully complete, comparing up to the most recent period vs. the same hour/day/week in prior periods.

Dimension Comparisons

In addition to time comparisons, you can select multiple dimension values to compare trends of those specific data points. There are two options for turning on dimension comparison:

  • Use the same top filter bar as the time comparison, instead selecting a dimension for comparison
  • Select the comparison option on the top left of any leaderboard and select multiple dimensions

De-select the comparison option or clear the filter bar to remove your comparisons.



For more advanced time and dimension comparisons, visit the Time Dimension Detail page.