Review important considerations before starting the course, including differences between Free, Plus, and Premium versions, ongoing updates, and recent changes to the user interface.
- [Narrator] Before diving into this course, there are a few things that you should be aware of. First, there are several versions of Watson Analytics, Free, Plus, and Professional, each with different features and capabilities. We'll cover exactly what's included in each version but note that Plus or Professional access is required to import the data that we'll be using in this case. That said, keep in mind that all new users will automatically have access to Professional features for the first 30 days. Watson Analytics makes advanced features and techniques accessible to all users, so no analytics, statistics or data science skills are required to take this course.
Watson also features a dynamic user experience including recommended starting points and suggestions. What that means is you may not always see exactly what I'm seeing on my screen, especially as the tool continues to evolve. Last but not least, Watson Analytics rolled out a brand new user interface in the second half of 2016. If you sign up now, you'll see the current interface with three main sections, Data, Discover, and Display. If instead you see five sections, Explore, Predict, Assemble, Social Media, and Refine, it means that you're looking at the Classic interface which will sunset by the end of the year.
We'll be working from the new UI for this course, so make sure to update your version if you're still seeing the Classic interface. For more information about the change, check out the IBM Watson Analytics New User Experience FAQ file, available in the course resources.
- Reviewing key differentiators
- Navigating the 3 Ds of Watson Analytics: data, discovery, and display
- Importing, joining, and refining data
- Using natural language querying
- Understanding key drivers
- Interpreting decision trees
- Displaying insights
- Assembling multitabbed displays and dashboard filters
- Modifying and sharing displays