Comparison mode allows users to quickly see how their key metrics are trending.
To toggle comparison mode on or off, simply use the checkbox below the date filter:
If the application is currently showing a year or more of data, then you can compare the current metric values to the same values computed over the prior period of the same length.
e.g. if you are looking at all of 2020, the prior period will be all of 2019
e.g. if you are looking at Jan 1, 2018 - Dec 31, 2020, the prior period will be Jan 1, 2016 - Dec 31, 2018
If the application is showing less than a year of data, then you will have the option to either look at the prior period, or compare the same period in the prior year.
e.g. if your application is set to Oct 1, 2020 - Oct 31, 2020 selecting prior period will compare with August 31, 2020 - Sept 30, 2020 (31 days prior to Oct 1) and selecting this period, last year will compare with Oct 1, 2019 - Oct 31, 2019
With comparison mode on, you will notice badges on each metric tile that indicate both the direction the metric is trending and the % or discrete value difference between the selected period and your comparison period:
This badge will also appear in the Analysis view of the application and can be included in visualization exports: