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Cross Filter

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Cross Filter is a visualization for exploring large, multivariate datasets. The Cross Filter allows you to interactively slice and dice many attributes simultaneously by simply selecting areas of interest on the charts.

Get Started

Step 1: Download the plugin

Step 2: Follow the simple instructions for adding the plugin to your existing Pentaho BA Server
Step 3: Get Creative - explore your data, build cool stuff, amaze your friends and co-workers!

These visualizations are provided for demonstration purposes ONLY. They are provided with no warranty or commitments regarding the quality of the sample and/or platform support. Many of the underlying charting libraries used in these samples only work on a subset of browsers that are part of Pentaho's official support matrix.

Working With Cross Filter



  1. Drag one or more attributes into the "Rows" shelf of the layout panel to define which members you wish to plot. Note that when using more than a single attribute, they will display as columns in the table at the bottom of the visualization.
  2. Drag one or more measures into the "Measures" shelf, a bar chart will be displayed for each measure.

  • Highlight areas of each chart in order to filter the table results.
  • Click and drag existing visual filters to focus on other areas of that measure.

Tell Us What You Think

We're having lots of fun experimenting with various emerging visualization technologies and we would love to get your feedback.  Here are a couple of ways you can share:

  • Update the Cross Filter enhancement ticket
    • Post feedback about additional ideas for improvements
    • Get out and vote!  All of the visualizations we are sharing are prototypes which we can consider for inclusion in future GA releases of the Pentaho suite.  Voting for an enhancement is a great way to influence the priority in which we 'product-ize' these visualizations
  • Tweet about it - got feedback or a cool example you've created and want to share? Tweet your comments or screenshots to #12DaysOfViz

Known Limitations

  • None