Convert dimension to metric
Basic metrics that are available in the right sidebar during report creation, are not the only metrics that can be used in the report. All dimensions can be converted to a metric. Depending on what type of data is stored for the dimension there are different possible conversions.
Conversions for dimensions that contain string data type:
Example use case for the unique count is checking a number of countries for each operating system:
Conversions for dimensions that store numerical data (i.e. revenue or time on page):
In order to convert the dimension to a metric, you need to add that dimension to the report as on the example below for the flat table report:
For Explorer report remember to drag and drop dimension to the table rather than to Dimensions section where the report structure is designed. You can also convert dimensions in the chart type reports.
As a next step, click on that dimension to expand the menu and choose one of the available conversions:
After the selection, the dimension is converted to the metric – name and color of an element in the report creation tool are adjusted accordingly:
And named properly in the report view:
Date dimension grouping
The date is a specific case when it can be converted to other dimensions. Possible options are based on the way the data is grouped according to date.
Data can be grouped by:
Below you can find examples for all possible groupings: