This video outlines the key ways to ask a question in Anna:

Don't feel like watching? Simply read below instead.


Favourite Questions
When you click on "search" you will see a list of your favourite questions. Simply click on these questions to see the results. 

Sometimes the admin will add some favourite questions for you to help you get started. We recommend you having a look through these questions, often they will help you understand what types of questions you can ask Anna.

Question Builder

Firstly, click the labels under the question box to select the calculation, measure and segment you are interested in.

Calculation shows you some of the calculation types available in Anna, these are calculations you can apply to your measures.

Measure will show you all the things you can look at over time. Measures are determined by whats in the underlying data that was uploaded into Anna. Here is sales, quantity etc... for you it may be claims, expense amount, customers etc... If you want to see more measures in Anna, contact your Hyper Anna admin.

Analytics shows you all the types of analytics Anna can perform on your measures.

Segments show the dimensions that you can break down your measures by, here we might want to look at our measure "sales" by our segment "department". Segments are determined by whats in the underlying data that was uploaded into Anna. If you want to see more segments in Anna, contact your Hyper Anna admin.

Once you select your segment you can click on the arrow to expand all options and select from the list.  

Alternatively you can search for specific values

Time shows all the time ranges available in your data, as well as the granularity. Anna will default to monthly trends, but you can look at them daily, weekly, quarterly (depending on your data in Anna). You can also look at previous comparable periods. Time will also include any date column that may be available in your data, here its transaction date.

By default Anna will return the entire date range – or you can optionally add your own date and press enter.

Supported Date Formats

Last month / This quarter / This year

Dec 2018 / December 2018

Time range: Nov 2017 to Jun 2018

Quarter on Quarter / Year on Year

PCP / Previous Comparable Period

YTD / Year to Date

NOT Supported Date Formats

Sep2018-Dec2018 (no spaces)

December 18  (2 digit year)


Anna has the ability to interpret sentences. The following grammatical structure explains how sentences are interpreted by Anna. When you omit a certain part of the structure, Anna will attempt to make a guess on what is most relevant.

Some examples: Each word has been colour coded to reference its component above. 

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