Configuring the Sample process

Use an interactive flowchart in the Edit mode to configure a Sample process.


  1. Open an interactive flowchart for editing (click Edit in the flowchart toolbar).
  2. Drag the Sample process from the palette to your flowchart.
  3. Provide input to the Sample process by connecting it to a data manipulation process.

    Data manipulation processes include Decision, Sample, or Select. You can connect the Sample process to an Interaction process also.

  4. Double-click the Sample process.
  5. Select a source cell from the Input drop-down list.

    All output cells from any process that is connected to the Sample process are listed in the drop-down list.

  6. Determine the number of samples that you want to create for each of your input cells, and enter that number in the # of Samples/Output cells field.

    By default, three samples are created for each input cell, with default names Sample1, Sample2, and Sample3.

  7. Select each sample under the Output name column and complete the following actions:
    1. Double-click the output name text box and type to modify the sample name.

      You can use any combination of letters, numbers, and spaces. Do not use any periods (.) or slashes (/ or \).

    2. Enter the probability that a visitor is assigned to the sample in the Size field, or select the All remaining check box.

      The % must be less than 100.00.

  8. Optional: Change the Hash seed under the Deterministic hash function.

    You must change the Hash Seed only if you want this Sample process to assign visitors to cells the same way as another Sample process. The hash seed must be an alphanumeric value.

  9. Optional: Enter the Date of first reset under the Deterministic hash function.

    Click the ellipsis button Ellipsis button to select a date from the calendar.

  10. Optional: Enter the number of days between resets.
  11. Optional: Click the General tab to assign a name and notes to the process.

    The name is displayed on the process in the flowchart. The notes are displayed when you mouse of the process in a flowchart.

  12. Click OK.


The process is configured and appears enabled in the flowchart.

You must connect the Sample process to a PopulateSeg process to complete creating a smart segment that you use for sampling.