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Overview of Yandex DataLens

Let’s take our minds off of the project on receipt data collection for a while. We will speak about the project’s following steps a bit later.

Today we’ll be discussing a new service from Yandex – DataLens (the access to demo was kindly provided to me by my great friend Vasiliy Ozerov and the team Fevlake / Rebrain). Currently, the service is in Preview mode and is, in essence, a cloud BI. The main shtick of the service is that it can easily and handy work with clickhouse (Yandex Clickhouse).

Connection of data sources

Let’s review the major things: connection of a data source and dataset setting.
The selection of DBMS is not vast, nevertheless some main things are present. For the purpose of our testing, let’s take MySQL.

Selection of data sources DataLens

On the basis of the connection created, it is suggested to create a dataset:

Interface of dataset settings, definition of measurements and metrics

On this stage it’s defined which table’s attributes are becoming measurements, and which are turning into metrics. You can choose data aggregation type for the metrics.
Unfortunately, I didn’t manage to discover how it’s possible to state several interconnected tables (for example, attach a handbook for measurements) instead of a single table. Perhaps, on this stage developers suggest us to solve this issue by creating of required view.

Data visualization

Regarding the interface itself – everything is pretty easy and handy. It reminds of a cloud version of Tableau. If comparing to Redash, which is most frequently used in conjunction with Clickhouse, the opportunities of visualization are simply staggering.
Even pivot tables, in which one can use Measure Names as columns’ names are worth something:

Setting of pivot tables in DataLens

Obviously, there is an opportunity to make also basic charts in DataLens from Yandex:

Construction of a linear chart in DataLens

There are also area charts:

Construction of an area chart in DataLens

However, I didn’t manage to find out how data classification by months / quarters / weeks is carried out. According to an example of data, available in the demo version, developers are still solving this issue by creating additional attributes (DayMonth, DayWeek, etc).


For now, interface of dashboard blocks’ creation looks bulky, and interface windows are not always comprehensive. Here is, for instance, a window, allowing to state a parameter:

Not really apparent setting window for dashboard parameters

However, in the gallery of examples we can see highly functional and convenient dashboards with selectors, tabs and parameters:

An example of a working dashboard with parameters and tabs in DataLens

Looking forward to fixing of interface shortcomings, improving of Datalens and preparing to use it together with Clickhouse!

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Collecting data from hypermarket receipts on Python

Recently, once again buying products in a hypermarket, I recalled that, according to the Russian Federal Act FZ-54, any trade operator, that issues a receipt, is obliged to send the data thereof to the Tax Service.

Receipt from “Lenta” hypermarket. The QR-code of our interest is circled.

So, what does it mean for us, data analysts? It means that we can know ourselves and our needs better, and also acquire interesting data on own purchases.

Let’s try to assemble a small prototype of an app that will allow to make a dynamic of our purchases within the framework of blog posts’ series. So, we’ll start from the fact, that each receipt has a QR-code, and if you identify it, you’ll receive the following line:


This line comprises:

t – timestamp, the time when you made a purchase
s – sum of the receipt
fn – code number of fss, will be needed further in a request to API
i – receipt number, will be needed further in a request to API
fp – fiscalsign parameter, will be needed further in a request to API

Within the solution of the first step, we will parse the receipt data and collect it in pandas dataframe, using Python modules.

We will use API, that provides data on the receipt from the Tax Service website.

Initially, we will receive authentication data:

import requests
your_phone = '+7XXXYYYZZZZ' #you need to state your phone number, SMS with password will arrive thereon
r = requests.post('https://proverkacheka.nalog.ru:9999/v1/mobile/users/signup', json = {"email":"email@email.com","name":"USERNAME","phone":your_phone})

As a result of performing POST request we receive a password in SMS to the indicated phone number. Further on, we will be using it in a variable pwd

Now we’ll parse our line with values from QR-code:

import re
t=re.findall(r't=(\w+)', qr_string)[0]
s=re.findall(r's=(\w+)', qr_string)[0]
fn=re.findall(r'fn=(\w+)', qr_string)[0]
i=re.findall(r'i=(\w+)', qr_string)[0]
fp=re.findall(r'fp=(\w+)', qr_string)[0]

We’ll use the variables obtained in order to extract the data.
One Habr post pretty thoroughly examines status of errors at formation of API request, therefore I won’t repeat this information.

In the beginning, we need to verify the presence of data on this receipt, so we form a GET request.

headers = {'Device-Id':'', 'Device-OS':''}
payload = {'fiscalSign': fp, 'date': t,'sum':s}
check_request=requests.get('https://proverkacheka.nalog.ru:9999/v1/ofds/*/inns/*/fss/'+fn+'/operations/1/tickets/'+i,params=payload, headers=headers,auth=(your_phone, pwd))

In the request one needs to indicate headers, at least empty ones. In my case, GET request returns error 406, thus I get that such receipt is found (why GET request returns 406 remains a mystery to me, so I will be glad to receive some clues in comments). If not indicating sum or date, GET request returns error 400 – bad request.

Let’s move on to the most interesting part, receiving data of the receipt:

request_info=requests.get('https://proverkacheka.nalog.ru:9999/v1/inns/*/kkts/*/fss/'+fn+'/tickets/'+i+'?fiscalSign='+fp+'&sendToEmail=no',headers=headers,auth=(your_phone, pwd))

We should receive code 200 (successful execution of the request), and in the variable products – everything, that applies to our receipt.

In order to further work with this data, let’s use pandas and transform everything in dataframe.

import pandas as pd
from datetime import datetime
datetime_check = datetime.strptime(t, '%Y%m%dT%H%M') #((https://docs.python.org/3/library/datetime.html#strftime-and-strptime-behavior formate the date))

Now we have working pandas.dataframe with receipts, visually it looks as follows:

“Header” of receipt data

You can construct a bar chart of purchases or observe everything as a box plot:

import matplotlib.pyplot as plt
%matplotlib inline
my_products['sum'].plot(kind='hist', bins=20)

In conclusion, we will simply get descriptive statistics as text, using a command .describe():


It’s convenient to write down data as .csv file, so that the next time you can amend the statistics:

with open('hyper_receipts.csv', 'a') as f:
             my_products.to_csv(f, header=True)
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