Showcase project

An expenditure variance analysis, created in TIBCO Spotfire using Arria’s add-in

This project showcases what you can do with Arria’s add-in for TIBCO Spotfire Analyst. Spotfire Analyst users can open and work with this dashboard to see the interactivity and flexibility of Arria’s natural language generation in action.

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Providing flexibly written, insightful summaries of data alongside the visuals in a dashboard, the Arria add-in augments this report with a narrative summary and analysis. The dashboard shows quarterly general ledger data focused on expenditure variance between two periods. The narrative accompanies the other visuals in the report, summarizing the main facts and answering the questions of what were the main drivers of the expense variance, and what were the key expenditure items in the two periods.

What does this narrative explain?

The first page of the analysis demonstrates the out-of-the box feature of the add-in (the Configure Narrative option), which allows you to perform various kinds of data exploration, such as statistical analysis, and analysis of time-based and target-based variance.

The second page of the analysis demonstrates the Customize Narrative feature of the add-in, which allows you to configure and further customize narratives you create in Arria NLG Studio. The narrative describes and augments the visuals in the analysis, summarizing the main facts and answering question such as what were the main drivers of the expense variance, and what were the key expenditure items in the two periods.

Highlights

Arria’s add-in delivers the following:

  • Analysis of multiple dimensions and measures. The narrative provides analysis across multiple dimensions, with cross references.

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  • Additional commentary. The narrative provides commentary to further explain the key drivers.

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  • Real-time drill-down and roll-up of narratives. You can drill down into and roll up the account dimensions by selecting the account level in the add-in. You can have up to four levels of drill-down and roll-up, on any hierarchical dimension.

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  • Copy to clipboard. You can copy/paste the narratives generated to embedded-formatting tools such as Microsoft Word and Microsoft PowerPoint.

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