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    Useful Custom Formulas for Alma Analytics

    • Product: Alma

     

    Background

    Alma Analytics (aka Oracle Business Intelligence, or OBI) is a general purpose reporting and business intelligence tool, which does not automatically "understand" data structures common in the library world (such as ISBN/ISSNs, call numbers, etc.). 

    The custom formulas below have helped libraries manipulate data available in Analytics that was not originally formatted in a way that was useful for their reporting needs. These formulas can be easily changed to work for other types of fields or data.

    Two of the most commonly used functions are regexp_substr and regexp_replace. One thing to note about regexp_substr, regexp_replace and possibly other Evaluate functions is that sometimes you must use two single quote characters instead of a double quote to avoid "syntax errors" in OBI.

    Instructions

    To add or edit a formula in an Analytics report:

    1. Open the 'Criteria' tab of your report. From the hamburger menu of the field you would like to change, select 'Edit Formula'.

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    2. In the 'Column Formula' text box, replace the current formula with you custom formula and click 'OK'.

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    Example formulas

    Retrieve the first occurrence of an OCLC Number (change the last 1 to 2, 3, etc. for the second, third, etc. occurrence):

    Evaluate('regexp_substr(%1,''(\(?[oO0][cC]\w+\)?\W?\d+)'', 1,1)',"Bibliographic Details"."Network Number")

     

    Retrieve the first occurrence of subfield a in the 852 MARC field (the double-daggers character should be replaced by the delimiter used by your library, and the "a" may be changed to the desired subfield):

    Evaluate('regexp_substr(%1,''‡a([^‡]+)'', 1,1)',"Holding Details"."852 MARC")

     

    Remove duplicate normalized ISSNs from the ISSN field:

    Evaluate('regexp_replace(%1,''\; [0-9Xx]{8}'', '''')',"Bibliographic Details"."ISSN")

     

    Extract numbers from a string field and convert them to a number data type for sorting purposes (for instance, if volume numbers were entered in the Description rather than Enum field):

    CAST(Evaluate('regexp_replace(%1,''[^0-9]'', '''')',Evaluate('regexp_substr(%1,''v\.\s*\d+'', 1,1)',"Physical Item Details"."Description")) AS SMALLINT)

     

    Create a measure for manual renewals (as Renewals combines manual and auto-renewals, and there is only a separate measure for Auto Renewals):

    CASE WHEN SIGN("Loan"."Renewals"-"Loan"."Auto Renewals")=1 THEN "Loan"."Renewals"-"Loan"."Auto Renewals" ELSE 0 END

     

    Additional Information

    Additional tips, tricks, and useful formulas for Alma Analytics are available here: Tips and Tricks for Alma Analytics

    More information is also available here: Common Analytics Procedures

     


    • Article last edited: 18-Oct-2018