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Value Inclusion Profile Request Options (Data Profiling Task)

Use the Request Properties pane of the Profile Requests page to set the options for the Value Inclusion Profile Request selected in the requests pane. A Value Inclusion profile computes the overlap in the values between two columns or sets of columns. Thus, it can also determine whether a column or set of columns is appropriate to serve as a foreign key between the selected tables. This profile can also help you identify problems in your data such as invalid values. For example, you use a value inclusion profile to profile the ProductID column of a Sales table. The profile discovers that the column contains values that are not found in the ProductID column of the Products table.

Note Note

The options described in this topic appear on the Profile Requests page of the Data Profiling Task Editor. For more information about this page of the editor, see Data Profiling Task Editor (Profile Requests Page).

For more information about how to use the Data Profiling Task, see Setup of the Data Profiling Task. For more information about how to use the Data Profile Viewer to analyze the output of the Data Profiling Task, see Data Profile Viewer.

A Value Inclusion Profile Request computes whether all the values in a subset are present in the superset. The superset is often a lookup or reference table. For example, the state column in a table of addresses is the subset table. Every two-character state code in this column should also be found in the table of United States Postal Service state codes, which is the superset table.

When you use the (*) wildcard as the value of the subset column or the superset column, the Data Profiling task compares each column on that side against the column specified on the other side.

Note Note

If you select (*), this option might result in a large number of computations and decrease the performance of the task.

You can use two different threshold settings to refine the output of a Value Inclusion Profile Request.

When you specify a value other than None for InclusionThresholdSetting, the profile reports the inclusion strength of the subset in the superset only under one of the following conditions:

  • When the inclusion strength exceeds the threshold specified in InclusionStrengthThreshold.

  • When the inclusion strength has a value of 1.0 and the InclusionStrengthThreshold is set to Exact.

You can refine the output more by filtering out combinations where the superset column is not an appropriate key for the superset table because of non-unique values. When you specify a value other than None for SupersetColumnsKeyThresholdSetting, the profile reports the inclusion strength of the subset in the superset only under one of the following conditions:

  • When the suitability of the superset columns as a key in the superset table exceeds the threshold specified in SupersetColumnsKeyThreshold

  • When the inclusion strength has a value or 1.0 and the SupersetColumnsKeyThreshold is set to Exact.

For a Value Inclusion Profile Request, the Request Properties pane displays the following groups of options:

  • Data, which includes the SubsetTableOrView, SupersetTableOrView, and InclusionColumns options

  • General

  • Options

Data Options

ConnectionManager

Select the existing ADO.NET connection manager that uses the .NET Data Provider for SQL Server (SqlClient) to connect to the SQL Server database that contains the table or view to be profiled.

SubsetTableOrView

Select the existing table or view to be profiled.

For more information, see the section, "SubsetTableOrView and SupersetTableOrView Options," in this topic.

SupersetTableOrView

Select the existing table or view to be profiled.

For more information, see the section, "SubsetTableOrView and SupersetTableOrView Options," in this topic.

InclusionColumns

Select the columns or sets of columns from the subset and superset tables.

For more information, see the sections, "Understanding the Selection of Columns for the InclusionColumns Property" and "InclusionColumns Options," in this topic.

SubsetTableOrView and SupersetTableOrView Options

Schema

Specifies the schema to which the selected table belongs. This option is read-only.

TableOrView

Displays the name of the selected table. This option is read-only.

InclusionColumns Options

The following options are presented for each set of columns selected for profiling in InclusionColumns.

For more information, see the section, "Understanding the Selection of Columns for the InclusionColumns Property," earlier in this topic.

IsWildcard

Specifies whether the (*) wildcard has been selected. This option is set to True if you have selected (*) to profile all columns. It is False if you have selected an individual column to be profiled. This option is read-only.

ColumnName

Displays the name of the selected column. This option is blank if you have selected (*) to profile all columns. This option is read-only.

StringCompareOptions

Select options for comparing string values. This property has the options listed in the following table. The default value of this option is Default.

Note Note

When you use the (*) wildcard for ColumnName, CompareOptions is read-only and is set to the Default setting.

Value

Description

Default

Sorts and compares data based on the column's collation in the source table.

BinarySort

Sorts and compares data based on the bit patterns defined for each character. Binary sort order is case sensitive and accent sensitive. Binary is also the fastest sorting order.

DictionarySort

Sorts and compares data based on the sorting and comparison rules as defined in dictionaries for the associated language or alphabet.

If you select DictionarySort, you can also select any combination of the options listed in the following table. By default, none of these additional options are selected.

Value

Description

IgnoreCase

Specifies whether the comparison distinguishes between uppercase and lowercase letters. If this option is set, the string comparison ignores case. For example, "ABC" becomes the same as "abc".

IgnoreNonSpace

Specifies whether the comparison distinguishes between spacing characters and diacritics. If this option is set, the comparison ignores diacritics. For example, "å" is equal to "a".

IgnoreKanaType

Specifies whether the comparison distinguishes between the two types of Japanese kana characters: hiragana and katakana. If this option is set, the string comparison ignores kana type.

IgnoreWidth

Specifies whether the comparison distinguishes between a single-byte character and the same character when it is represented as a double-byte character. If this option is set, the string comparison treats single-byte and double-byte representations of the same character as identical.

General Options

RequestID

Type a descriptive name to identify this profile request. Typically, you do not have to change the autogenerated value.

Options

InclusionThresholdSetting

Select the threshold setting to refine the output of the profile. The default value of this property is Specified. For more information, see the section, "Understanding the Threshold Settings," earlier in this topic.

Value

Description

None

Does not specify a threshold. The key strength is reported regardless of its value.

Specified

Use the threshold that is specified in InclusionStrengthThreshold. The inclusion strength is reported only if it is greater than the threshold.

Exact

Does not specify a threshold. The inclusion strength is reported only if the subset values are completedly included in the upserset values.

InclusionStrengthThreshold

Specify the threshold (by using a value between 0 and 1) above which the inclusion strength should be reported. The default value of this property is 0.95. This option is enabled only when Specified is selected as the InclusionThresholdSetting.

For more information, see the section, "Understanding the Threshold Settings," earlier in this topic.

SupersetColumnsKeyThresholdSetting

Specify the superset threshold. The default value of this property is Specified. For more information, see the section, "Understanding the Threshold Settings," earlier in this topic.

Value

Description

None

Does not specify a threshold. The inclusion strength is reported regardless of the key strength of the superset column.

Specified

Use the threshold that is specified in SupersetColumnsKeyThreshold. The inclusion strength is reported only if the key strength of the superset column is greater than the threshold.

Exact

Does not specify a threshold. The inclusion strength is reported only if the supserset columns are an exact key in the superset table.

SupersetColumnsKeyThreshold

Specify the threshold (by using a value between 0 and 1) above which the inclusion strength should be reported. The default value of this property is 0.95. This option is enabled only when Specified is selected as the SupersetColumnsKeyThresholdSetting.

For more information, see the section, "Understanding the Threshold Settings," earlier in this topic.

MaxNumberOfViolations

Specify the maximum number of inclusion violations to report in the output. The default value of this property is 100. This option is disabled when Exact is selected as the InclusionThresholdSetting.

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