Data Model Examples#

The following examples illustrate ways to use primary index, and date indexes with your data.

Example 1: Using a primary, secondary, and date index#

If your data has multiple properties that you can use to identify and aggregate data, consider specifying a primary and secondary index on the two most significant properties.

This example dataset stores data on favorite movies. The movie title is the main identifier, the movie director is the next most significant identifier, and the date viewed provides chronological context.

Here is the example data:

title,director,cinematography,date viewed 
CODA,Sian Heder,Paula Huidobro,2021-08-13 
Dune,Greig Fraser,Greig Fraser,2021-11-06 
Drive My Car,Ryusuke Hamaguchi,Hidetoshi Shinomiya,2022-04-01 
Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy,Ryusuke Hamaguchi,Yukiko Iioka,2021-05-23

After uploading the data and editing the schema, the Movie Favorites Unique Index follows this format.

Unique Index = title + director + date viewed

Here is a figurative sample Unique Index for the first data row.

Unique Index = CODA-SianHeder-20210813

The Movie Favorites dataset explicitly specifies the primary index, secondary index, and date components. Next, examine a dataset that implicitly uses the ingestion date.

Example 2: Using an implicit date index#

If you have no date data or want time-series data but your date properties are unsuitable, do not specify a date index. Instead, you can implicitly use the current date: the date the data is ingested.

For example, a shopping list needs only a list of items and has no obvious need for a date. So go with the default date. The dates may be useful later. For example, you may want to analyze the frequency you added an item (e.g., toilet paper) and schedule a reminder for that item. The following content represents data for a Shopping List:

item 
toothpaste 
apples 
lettuce 
mineral water

You can ingest the data into a dataset that explicitly specifies only a primary index. The dataset will use the current date as date index automatically. The Unique Index for the Shopping List is illustrated below.

Format:

Unique Indexitem + (nothing) + current date

Sample:

Unique Index = toothpaste-20220411

Now you know how to use a Unique Index to fit your data needs.