Using Lexicon (BETA)

This is a beta version of Lexicon and is subject to change. 

Lexicon is a data dictionary that project owners and administrators can use to store descriptions of events and their properties.

This article describes how to:

  • Add and change event and event property descriptions.
  • Add and change one or more event tags.
  • Use tags in Insights reports.
  • Verify accuracy of event descriptions.

For an overview about using Lexicon to add descriptions, and organize events and properties, see Lexicon Overview.

Exploring the Lexicon UI

To open Lexicon, select Data Management and then select Lexicon.

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When you open Lexicon, you see two main views:

  1. Events
  2. User Properties

Events View

The Events view contains these fields: Name, Display Name, Description, Volume, and Verified.

Field Description Example
Name The database name
of the event.
In the image below, {}App Open is the database name of the event
Display Name The event name that
displays
in the
Mixpanel interface.
In the image below, an event with the database name {}App Open displays as App Open in the Mixpanel interface.
Description The information that describes the event,
such as what triggers
it or what properties
are sent with it.
In the image below, an event description for an App Open event is “Triggered if a user opens the app.”
Volume The total number of
events that users
fired in 30-days.
207, 450 events
Verified The setting that
indicates whether
events and their
property descriptions
are accurate.
Green check mark in the Verified field. 

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User Properties View

The User Properties view contains these fields: Name, Display, Description, Example Value, and Users with property.

Field

Description

Example

Name The database name of
the property.
In the image below, $city is the database name. 
Display name The event name that
displays in the
Mixpanel interface.
In the image below, an event with the database name $city displays as City in the Mixpanel interface.

Description The information that
describes the event,
such as what
triggers it or what
properties are sent with it.

In the image below, the property description City is “The city of the event sender, parsed from IP.”
Example Value An expected value of
the property.
If the property name is email, an expected value could be lmnop@myabc.com.
Users with
property
The total number of
users with this property.
891

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Filtering Events and User Properties

Select the Events view to filter by tags or events. 

Select the User Properties view to filter only by properties.

Filter by Tags in the Events View

  1. In the header bar, select Data Management and then select Lexicon.
  2. In the Filter By field, click All Tags to display a list of tags. When you click a tag, all the events associated with that tag will appear. 


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Filter by Events in the Events View

  1. In the header bar, select Data Management and then select Lexicon.
  2. In the Filter By field, click All Types to display a list of event categories: Your Events, Autotracked Events, Custom Events, and Mixpanel Events.

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Filter by Properties in the User Properties View

In the Filter By field, click All Types. Select All Types to filter by all properties in the dropdown list or select these property categories: Your Properties or Mixpanel Properties.

 Types_Dropdown.png Adding or Changing Events Descriptions

You can add or change the details of events in Event Details and Event Properties.

Event Details

To change event details:

  1. In the Events view, select an event. In Event Details, you can modify these fields:

Field

Description

Example

Display name The event name that
displays
in the
Mixpanel interface.
An event with the database name did_purchase_cart displays as Cart Purchased in the Mixpanel interface.
Description The information that
describes 
the event,
such as
what triggers
it or what
properties
are sent with it.
An event description for a campaign open event could be: “Triggered every time a user opens a Mixpanel email message or clicks on a button in an in-app message.”
Tags The labels you apply to
events to categorize
them and make them 
easier to find.
Tags can have any name you assign, such as Registration or Cohorts.
Platforms The implementation of the
event, such as Android, iOS,
or web.

Android

2. To modify a field, click the Pencil icon, enter the information, and click Save.

Event Properties

To add or change event property details:

  1. In the Events view, select an event.
  2. In Event Properties, click a property. In Property Details, you can modify these fields:

    Field

    Description

    Example

    Display name The event name that
    displays
    in the
    Mixpanel interface.
    An event with the database name did_purchase_cart displays as Cart Purchased in the Mixpanel interface.
    Description The information that describes the event,
    such as
    what triggers
    it or what
    properties
    are sent with it.
    An event description for a campaign open event could be: “Triggered every time a user opens a Mixpanel email message or clicks on a button in an in-app message.”
    Type The data type of an
    property,
    which can be a
    string, boolean,
    number, datetime, list, object, or unknown.
    The data type for the Registration Date property is datetime.
    Example Value The expected value of
    the property.
    If the property name is email, the expected value could be lmnop@myabc.com.

  3. To modify a field, click the Pencil icon, enter the information, and click Save.

Adding or Changing User Properties Descriptions

You can add or change the details of event properties.

To add or change event properties details:

  1. In the User Properties view, select a property. In Property Details, you can modify these fields:
    Field Description Example
    Display name The event name that displays
    in the Mixpanel interface.
    An event with the database name did_purchase_cart displays as Cart Purchased in the Mixpanel interface.
    Description The information that describes the event,
    such as what triggers
    it or what properties
    are sent with it.
    An event description for a campaign open event could be: “Triggered every time a user opens a Mixpanel email message or clicks on a button in an in-app message.”
    Type The data type of an property, which can
    be a string, boolean,
    number, datetime,
    list, object, or
    unknown.
    The data type for the Registration Date property is datetime.
    Example Value The expected value of the property. If the property name is email, the expected value could be lmnop@myabc.com.

  2.  To modify a field, click the Pencil icon, enter the information, and click Save.

 

 Editing Details in an Event or Property

You can also edit details in each event and property. The image below shows how to perform an edit for an event. You can edit properties in the User Properties view in the same way.

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Adding Tags to an Event

A tag is a label you assign to an event to help you organize and find your data. You can add a tag directly in an event or use the Tag icon to add tags to one or more events.

Add a Tag to a Single Event

To add a tag directly in an event:

  1. In the Events view, click an event.
  2. In the Tags field, click the Pencil icon.
  3. In the Tag Selector box, enter the name of the tag, and click Save.

Add Tags to One or More Events

To add tags to one or more events with the Tag icon:

  1. In the Events view, select one or more eventsThe Tag icon appears.
  2. Click Tag to display the Tag Selector box.
  3. Add or change tags to one or more events:
  • To add tags, enter the name of one or more tags in the Tag Selector box and click Save. As you add tags, they appear in a searchable list in the Tag Selector box.
  • To change tags, select one or more tags in the Tag Selector box and click Save.

After you add or change tags, they appear in the description field of the event.

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Using Tags in Insights Reports

The Insights report contains a list of tags. When you select a tag, a list of events that share the same tag appears. You can then select the event you want.

This image shows how tags display in the Insight report. 

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Verifying Events

In Lexicon, project owners and administrators can verify whether events and their property descriptions are accurate. Events can be verified or unverified.

Verified Events

To verify the accuracy of event descriptions:

  1. In the header bar, select Data Management and then select Lexicon.
  2. In the Events view, select an event and click the check mark icon. The icon displays green to indicate the event description is accurate.

Unverified Events

If a verified event description is no longer valid, you can change its status to unverified.

To change the status of an event from "Verified" to "Unverified":

  1. In the header bar, select Data Management and then select Lexicon.
  2. In the Events view, select an event and click the Check mark icon. The icon displays gray to indicate the event is no longer valid. 

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Verify Multiple Events

You can also verify multiple event descriptions at the same time.

To verify one or more events:

  1. In the header bar, select Data Management and then Lexicon.
  2. In the Events view, select one or more events. The Verify icon appears.

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  3. Click the Verify icon. The check mark icon in each selected event displays green to indicate the accuracy of the descriptions.
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