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Google analytics to Power BI - counters mismatch with adding new metrics and dimensions

I am working on GA reporting metrics in Power BI via reporting API.

While I create a query with some very basic attributes like sessions and users, I get same values as I can see directly in google analytics dashboard. but when I add more dimensions and attributes, say, user type, pageviews or gender etc, alingwith users and sessions, the value of users and sessions is inflated.

I have tried to go through various documentations, where I know there are some restrictions that not all dimensions and attributes can be put together, but in this case, GA has allowed me to add these basic attributes togehter but the results are not matching. Is there any documentation to explain this behaviur, or has anyone experienced anything like this. has this to do something to do with binning, though I would expect, even if the difference is due to different binnings on different counters, the difference should be a smaller value, not the ones I am getting, which is huge(multiple times of error ) not just few percent of error

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Re: Google analytics to Power BI - counters mismatch with adding new metrics and dimensions

Hi there I have had the same issue. And it appears to be because you are using the GA cube that when you put in certain metrics it is cross referencing the data, which causes the numbers to inflate.

What I did was to have different queries where the data matches GA.

It did take me some time to read through the GA definitions to understand what the one value was which was causing the numbers to inflate. As soon as I put those metrics into their own query (table) everything matched back to GA.




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Re: Google analytics to Power BI - counters mismatch with adding new metrics and dimensions

Hi there I have had the same issue. And it appears to be because you are using the GA cube that when you put in certain metrics it is cross referencing the data, which causes the numbers to inflate.

What I did was to have different queries where the data matches GA.

It did take me some time to read through the GA definitions to understand what the one value was which was causing the numbers to inflate. As soon as I put those metrics into their own query (table) everything matched back to GA.




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Re: Google analytics to Power BI - counters mismatch with adding new metrics and dimensions

Hi @emudria,

 

Have you tried the solution provided by @GilbertQ above? Does it work in your scenario? If it works, could you accept it as solution to close this thread?

 

If you still have any question on this issue, feel free to post here. Smiley Happy

 

Regards

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Helper V
Helper V

Re: Google analytics to Power BI - counters mismatch with adding new metrics and dimensions

Thanks @GilbertQ for sharing your similar experience and advice. Yes, I am trying to do same, though it involves lot of hit n trial.
The GA documentation is not very helpful in this regard.
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Re: Google analytics to Power BI - counters mismatch with adding new metrics and dimensions

Hey, i am trying to do the same thing and am not getting the correct value for Users.

I have tried to pull the User data alone with only a date range.  The number is closer to what it should be, but still isnt correct what else can i do to get the correct User value?

 

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Re: Google analytics to Power BI - counters mismatch with adding new metrics and dimensions

The query you are trying to run should give correct values. Though in terms of users I always get little bit of disperity, but try doing the same with sessions and you should get exact values.

Issue arises when you combine User based vs session based metrics ie say Users & sessoin in one query.

In your example, Try running similar query (just users & time) in GA to see how much difference you are getting - though it should be pretty clode.

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Re: Google analytics to Power BI - counters mismatch with adding new metrics and dimensions

Thank you, i have run the same query in GA - the result in GA is 1726 users from 1st - 6th November - when i run it in power BI, same date range - value is 1886

 

So it is still out - i cant seem to figure out how to get the same value.

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Re: Google analytics to Power BI - counters mismatch with adding new metrics and dimensions

Try doing same may be on couple other metrices like Session, and seperately for pageviews.

If you are getting accurate results then you might have to live with the results in terms of users.

 

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Re: Google analytics to Power BI - counters mismatch with adding new metrics and dimensions

Hi there,  i have done that and the results are the same for both Sessions and Pageviews, except for Users - i am still out.  Is this because Power BI is reading the user information differently to how GA reads it?

 

Is there no way to get this data as per GA into Power BI then?

 

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Re: Google analytics to Power BI - counters mismatch with adding new metrics and dimensions

I guess you cant match exact users.

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