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My filter suggestions are broken for nested data in Big Query

  • 7 July 2021
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Last tested: Oct 7, 2019

Add the parameter full_suggestions: yes to the dimension

Why does this work?

The recommended strategy for handling nested fields in BigQuery is to create separate views for the nested fields and join them to the original table in the explore. The default full_suggestions: no causes Looker to attempt to query a nested field as a standalone table, resulting in suggestion query failures. The nested field view only makes sense in the context of the explore, including the joins that unnest the fields, so it is necessary to manually set full_suggestions: yes to override the default and run the suggestion query against the full explore.


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The process to figuring out that issue only happening with nested fields is with the help of this 6th point in this article 

Good one though!