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Excel Spreadsheet Automation with the QUERY Formula

Pull data, automate spreadsheets, and more with the QUERY formula.

The CData Excel Add-In for DataRobot provides formulas that can edit, save, and delete DataRobot data.The following three steps show how you can automate the following task: Search DataRobot data for a user-specified value and then organize the results into an Excel spreadsheet.

The syntax of the CDATAQUERY formula is the following: =CDATAQUERY(Query, [Connection], [Parameters], [ResultLocation]);

This formula requires three inputs:

  • Query: The declaration of the DataRobot data records you want to retrieve, written in standard SQL.
  • Connection: Either the connection name, such as DataRobotConnection1, or a connection string. The connection string consists of the required properties for connecting to DataRobot data, separated by semicolons.

    To connect to DataRobot, the following connection properties are required: User, Password, and PredictionInstance. DataRobotKey may also be required depending on your type of DataRobot predictions instance. If using the Predictions API, DataFile is required. The CSV DataFile should include a header row as the first row of the datafile. APIKey is not required, but can be supplied. If not supplied, the driver will handle obtaining an APIKey.

    User, DataRobotKey, and APIKey are the credentials for the DataRobot account.

    ProjectID, DataFile, and ModelId are the parameters for the project, dataset, and model type.

  • ResultLocation: The cell that the output of results should start from.

Pass Spreadsheet Cells as Inputs to the Query

The procedure below results in a spreadsheet that organizes all the formula inputs in the first column.

  1. Define cells for the formula inputs. In addition to the connection inputs, add another input to define a criterion for a filter to be used to search DataRobot data, such as Id.
  2. In another cell, write the formula, referencing the cell values from the user input cells defined above. Single quotes are used to enclose values such as addresses that may contain spaces.
  3. =CDATAQUERY("SELECT * FROM Predictions WHERE Id = '"&B6&"'","PredictionInstance="&B1&";DataFile="&B2&";DataRobotKey="&B3&";User="&B4&";Password="&B5&";Provider=DataRobot",B7)
  4. Change the filter to change the data.