Causal updates
Causal updates
causal.app

Access variables from linked models without importing them

 

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You can now directly use variables from linked models in your formulas without explicitly importing them first.

Just start typing the variable name, click on the model that you want to import the variable from, then click on the variable name:

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New is_empty function

 

New

 

 

The is_empty function evaluates to 1 if the cell is empty, and to 0 if it isn't:

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New is_locked function

 

New

 

 

We added a function that checks whether a category item is locked or not.

The first three category items are locked because they are connected to a data source:

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The is_locked function evaluates to 1 if the item is locked, and to 0 if it isn't:

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Views

 

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Views let you create saved filters on your model, to show specific variables, categories and visuals.

Click on the green Views button in the top left of the spreadsheet to create a view.

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Here are a couple of ways that Views might come in handy:

1. Departmental views

If your Expenses model is broken down by Department, you can create separate views to share with each department head, where they'll only be shown the parts of the model that are relevant to them.

2. Tailored dashboards

You might need to share your model with different groups of stakeholders — the management team, the rest of the company, investors, board, etc.

Instead of creating separate models to slice the same information in different ways, you can create multiple views on the same model. Each view will limit which charts, tables, and variables are shown, so that each group of stakeholders can see a dashboard that's tailored to them.

or-expressions in conditions

 

New

 

 

You can now use or expressions in your conditions:

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month_from_date and year_from_date functions

 

New

 

 

We introduced new functions that return the month or year of a date or timestep. Example usage:

Start Date = date(2020,12,24)

month_from_date(Start Date) = 12

year_from_date(today) = 2021

Custom Start and End Date for Charts

 

Improvement

 

 

You can now limit the date range displayed in your charts. You can find this option in the advanced chart settings in the Visuals Workspace. Previously this option was only available for tables.

Boolean Variables

 

New

 

 

We added a new Variable-Type: Booleans. Booleans are variables that can only have the value 1 or 0 (true or false). To change a Variable to Boolean, right-click on it and set the Display Type to Boolean.

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Manage your Categories

 

Improvement

 

 

You can now see a list of all your categories on my.causal.app/categories

If you have category mappings, the graph shows you how your categories are connected

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Favorite models

 

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You can now mark models as favorites. Favorite models are marked with a star and always appear first in your model dashboard.

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