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Edit a metric in Optimizely X

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THIS ARTICLE WILL HELP YOU:
  • Edit your metrics after you've created them

Once you've built a metric in Optimizely X, you can always go back and edit it, to change its name, winning direction or denominator.  

Edit a metric

To edit a metric, follow these steps. Read on for instructions below.

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  1. Navigate to the experiment whose metrics you want to change.

  2. Under Manage Experiment, click Metrics.

  3. Click Edit for the metric you want to change.

  4. Make any needed edits to the metric's name, winning direction, or denominator.

  5. Click Save to Experiment to save your updated metric definition.

  6. Click Save.

 

You can also edit a metric from the experiment's Results page:

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  1. Navigate to the Results page for the experiment whose metrics you want to change.

  2. Click Edit for the metric you want to change.

  3. Make any needed edits to the metric's name, winning direction, or denominator.

  4. Click Save to Experiment to save your updated metric definition.

Be careful when editing a metric on a running experiment or campaign. Doing so can change the statistical significance on other metrics in the same experiment or campaign. This is because Optimizely’s Stats Engine simultaneously limits the proportion of false detection across all metrics in an experiment or campaign through false discovery rate control.

Optimizely balances confidence and speed of results by controlling false discoveries only for metrics currently included on the experiment or campaign Results page, adapting as the metrics themselves change.

This means experiments and campaigns with metrics selected and fixed in advance are less prone to cherry-picked results that may present a misleading picture. Excessive metric changes after an experiment or campaign has started may invalidate Optimizely’s guarantees regarding false detection.