Using date filters in Visualization

This article will run through the different date and time filters and show you how you can use them to present your data with different granularity in Y42. All filters are available in the Visualisation section.

Global vs. widget vs. field filters 

Manage global filters

In some cases, you would need to filter all widgets by a certain date or time. This may be helpful, for example, when all widgets should show only information about the last 7 days. You can save those filters to apply them on a constant basis throughout your data analysis.


Manage widget filters

On a widget level, you can also set particular filters by dataset variables. To do so, you can drag and drop date or time variables from the dimensions field and then apply a filter and choose parameters.



Manage field filters

Individual measures or dimensions within a visualization can also be filtered. This can be done by adding a filter from the drop-down settings for the individual field.


Settings of date and time filters

Absolute Date 

When you decided to filter your data by a certain date or time, there are two options you can select: Absolute Date or Relative Date.

Absolute Date displays your data filtered by the exact date and time. Here you can choose predefined time spans such as Last Month, This Month, Yesterday, Today etc. or you can adjust the dates to your liking.


Relative Date 

Relative Date does not offer specific dates, but time ranges you can define for specific Types like Hours, Days, Weeks, ISO Weeks, Months or Years.

Examples of time ranges that can be applied:

Intended Timespan Filter Settings











Weeks & ISO Weeks

We define weeks and ISO weeks in the following way:

  • Week: Number of the date in the range [0, 53]. Weeks begin with Sunday, and dates prior to the first Sunday of the year are in week 0.
  • ISO week: Returns the ISO 8601 week number. ISO Weeks begin on Monday. Return values are in the range [1, 53]. The first ISO week of each ISO year begins on the Monday before the first Thursday of the Gregorian calendar year.

This is the same as the definition currently used by Google BigQuery.


The time ranges can be adjusted using Operators. There are six Operators available in the dropdown list of the Date and Time Filters:

  • Is between - with both endpoints inclusive
  • Is before - means smaller than < 
  • Is after - means greater than >
  • Is empty
  • Is not empty
  • Is equal

If you'd like to learn more about the different date and time data types and the most common functions you can use to work with them in Y42 modelling, take a look at this article here.

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