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About pivot tables


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Pivot tables in ThoughtSpot use the well known drag-and-drop interface. Creating a pivot table enables exploring alternate visualization of data in a wide table. The basic idea is that some data is easier to consume when laid out horizontally, while others, vertically.

Previously, ThoughtSpot used a pivot keyword to select which fields can be columns and which can be rows, thus moving columns to be rows and vice versa. Now, the pivot table is a chart type.

Pivot table chart type

Choose Pivot Table under Select Chart Type to view your search as a pivot table. Add rows, measures, and columns to the search bar and restructure your table by moving these values under Configure Chart or by dragging and dropping them.

Chart axes: rows, measures, columns

Some additional details about pivot tables include:

  • Pivot tables show the grand totals for columns and rows.
  • You can toggle on the Heatmap mode found under Configuration Options to add color coordination to your data.

    Heatmap mode enabled

  • Click a column or row to expand it. Additionally, you can expand or collapse all by right clicking the arrow on the top left of a cell.

    Expand or collapse all option

  • When you pin a pivot table to a pinboard, it will retain your expansion settings.

The pivot table chart type has these limitations:

  • Pivot table is not available if the dataset contains more than 100,000 rows.
  • Columns with cardinality beyond 100 are grouped into {Other}.
  • Show underlying data menu is unavailable.
  • Conditional formatting is not functional.

Pivot table video

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