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Monte Carlo and other data set enhancements

The Data Set rule has two significant enhancements. You can now create a Monte Carlo data set that generates realistic-looking data and use this data set to test strategies and data flows. You also can move data between static data sets and Pega 7 Platform instances more easily by using the export and import operations.

Monte Carlo data set

The Monte Carlo data set is a tool for generating any number of random data records for a variety of information types. In the absence of real data, for testing purposes you can set a Monte Carlo data set instance as a source in data flows. Before you can generate any data, complete the following steps:

  1. Create an instance of the Monte Carlo data set by clicking +Create > Data Model > Data Set and selecting the Monte Carlo type in the Data Set Record Configuration window.
  2. Configure options of the Monte Carlo data set instance. For more information, see Creating a Monte Carlo data set record.

Fields in the Monte Carlo data set

You can think of the Monte Carlo data set as a table, for which the size is the number of rows, and fields are the columns that contain autogenerated data for each row.

Fields in the Monte Carlo data set

Fields in the Monte Carlo data set

To generate a specific type of information for each row, you must add and configure fields. For each field, select one of the following methods and enter a value that depends on the selected method:

  • Monte Carlo - This method gives you a list of providers (add link under 'list of providers') that can generate values.
  • Expression - This method allows you to use the Pega 7 Platform Expression Builder to build an expression that calculates a value.
  • Decisioning rule (Decision Table, Decision Tree, Map Value, Predictive Model, Scorecard) - These methods allow you to select a rule instance that provides a value.

For more information, see Data Set rule form: Completing Data Sets.

Export and import operations for data sets

Moving data between data sets and Pega 7 Platform instances is easier and faster with the export and import operations.

Export and import operations for data setsExport and import operations for data sets

Export and import operations are not available for stream data sets such as Facebook, Stream, Twitter, and YouTube.

Data export from a data set

You can export data sets that support the Browse operation to prepare a backup copy of data outside the Pega 7 Platform. Later, you can use this export package to import the data into a different data set.

Export of a data setData export from a data set

For more information, see Exporting data from a data set.

Data import into a data set

You can import data into data sets that support the Save operation to facilitate initialization of new Pega 7 Platform instances. The file that you can import must be a package that was exported from a data set.

Import into a data set

Data import into a data set

For more information, see Importing data into a data set.

Published October 14, 2016 — Updated August 23, 2018

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