Another cool feature is adding Synonyms to the model. Power BI Synonyms can significantly improve the Q&A and query experience. With synonyms we can now add some other forms of names for our tables, columns and measures in Power BI Desktop model which makes using Q&A even easier for our customers to find what they are looking for. The customers don’t know all table, column or measure names. Defining common separate list of names for tables, columns or measures makes Q&A much more useful.
For instance, we can add the following synonyms:
Note:The following tables and columns are from AdventureWorksDW.
Internet Sales, InternetSales
Order Quantity, Order Qty, ord qty
Sales Amount, Sales Amt, Internet Sales Amount, Internet Sales Amt
Tax Amount, Tax Amt
How it works
It’s easy to setup synonyms in Power BI Desktop. Switch to relationship view then click “Synonyms” from “Modeling” tab from the ribbon. Then simply enter the synonyms.
After we publish a Power BI Desktop model to Power BI Service, the synonyms will play a great role in Q&A so that when the customer types “ord qty” the Q&A engine will recognise it as “OrderQuantity” and displays the results. It’s really cool isn’t it?
But, let’s think a little bit out of the box. What if we add some translations as synonyms? Hmm. I think it would be really great that a Spanish customer can type Spanish column names in Q&A rather than English. I added some translations to FactInternetSales columns and DimDate columns.
Thanks to Google translate for French and Spanish translations. Sorry French and Spanish guys if the translation looks funny.
Now I publish the model to Power BI Service. To do so, just click on “Publish” from “Home” tab from the ribbon.