Analyses the content of a variable and its data dictionary (if any), identifies its data type and values accordingly and generates figures and summaries (datatable format). The figures and tables are representations of data distribution, statistics and valid/non valid/missing values (based on the data dictionary information if provided and the data type of the variable). This function can be used to personalize report parameters and is internally used in the function dataset_visualize(). Up to seven objects are generated which include : One datatable of the key elements of the data dictionary, one datatable summarizing statistics (such as mean, quartile, most seen value, most recent date, ... , depending on the data type of the variable), two graphs showing the distribution of the variable, One bar chart for categorical values (if any), One bar chart for missing values (if any), One pie chart for the proportion of valid and missing values (if any). The variable can be grouped using group_by parameter, which is a (categorical) column in the dataset. The user may need to use as_category() in this context. To fasten the process (and allow recycling object in a workflow) the user can feed the function with a variable_summary, which is the output of the function dataset_summarize() of the column(s) col and group_by. The summary must have the same parameters to operate.

  dataset = tibble(id = as.character()),
  data_dict = NULL,
  group_by = NULL,
  valueType_guess = FALSE,
  variable_summary = .summary_var,
  .summary_var = NULL



A dataset object.


A character string specifying the name of the column.


A list of data frame(s) representing metadata of the input dataset. Automatically generated if not provided.


A character string identifying the column in the dataset to use as a grouping variable. Elements will be grouped by this column.


Whether the output should include a more accurate valueType that could be applied to the dataset. FALSE by default.


A summary list which is the summary of the variables.




A list of up to seven elements (charts and figures and datatables) which can be used to summarize visualize data.


A dataset is a data table containing variables. A dataset object is a data frame and can be associated with a data dictionary. If no data dictionary is provided with a dataset, a minimum workable data dictionary will be generated as needed within relevant functions. Identifier variable(s) for indexing can be specified by the user. The id values must be non-missing and will be used in functions that require it. If no identifier variable is specified, indexing is handled automatically by the function.

A data dictionary contains the list of variables in a dataset and metadata about the variables and can be associated with a dataset. A data dictionary object is a list of data frame(s) named 'Variables' (required) and 'Categories' (if any). To be usable in any function, the data frame 'Variables' must contain at least the name column, with all unique and non-missing entries, and the data frame 'Categories' must contain at least the variable and name columns, with unique combination of variable and name.

The valueType is a declared property of a variable that is required in certain functions to determine handling of the variables. Specifically, valueType refers to the OBiBa data type of a variable. The valueType is specified in a data dictionary in a column 'valueType' and can be associated with variables as attributes. Acceptable valueTypes include 'text', 'integer', 'decimal', 'boolean', datetime', 'date'. The full list of OBiBa valueType possibilities and their correspondence with R data types are available using valueType_list. The valueType can be used to coerce the variable to the corresponding data type.



 dataset <- madshapR_DEMO$dataset_TOKYO
 variable_summary <- madshapR_DEMO$`dataset_summary`
   dataset, col = 'height',
   variable_summary =  variable_summary,valueType_guess = TRUE)
   dataset, col = 'height',
   variable_summary =  variable_summary,valueType_guess = TRUE)
#> $summary_table
#> $main_values_1

#> $main_values_2