What is a value alias?

Value aliases are name variations that you and your team will use as alternatives to name the non-numeric values of the defined entities, e.g. every single (non-numerical) value of the related column.

For example, you may have an entity related to money. Within that entity, it was filled out in the original data source using currency codes, like USD or EUR. By adding value aliases, you can add “American dollars” and “Euros” as variations for these codes, meaning that you can ask questions to crystal using these variations.

Value aliases are very useful when the values of the entities you use as filters are hard to spell and pronounce, such as product codes: you can associate a meaningful alias to the code and use it in the conversation with crystal, e.g. “product XG059” can be called “Blue sofa”.

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