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Using Einstein Discovery to Uncover Hidden Patterns in Salesforce Data

By Nick Huber
Published in Data Science
July 23, 2023
2 min read
Using Einstein Discovery to Uncover Hidden Patterns in Salesforce Data

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What is Einstein Discovery?
Step-by-Step Guide to Using Einstein Discovery
Code Examples - Einstein Discovery API

As businesses collect vast amounts of data, uncovering meaningful insights and patterns becomes increasingly challenging. Salesforce, being a leading CRM platform, stores a wealth of customer data. To gain valuable insights and make data-driven decisions, organizations can leverage Salesforce Einstein Discovery. In this blog post, we’ll explore how to use Einstein Discovery to uncover hidden patterns in Salesforce data, step-by-step, and provide code examples to get you started.

What is Einstein Discovery?

Einstein Discovery is an AI-powered analytics tool integrated into the Salesforce platform. It enables users to explore and analyze their data, uncovering patterns, trends, and correlations that might not be apparent through traditional analysis methods. With Einstein Discovery, you can make more informed decisions, predict outcomes, and identify opportunities to improve business performance.

Step-by-Step Guide to Using Einstein Discovery

Step 1: Prepare Your Data

Before using Einstein Discovery, ensure your Salesforce data is clean, relevant, and well-structured. Cleanse and preprocess the data to remove any inconsistencies or missing values. Additionally, identify the key performance indicators (KPIs) and the specific questions you want to answer with the analysis.

Step 2: Create a Dataset

Einstein Discovery requires a dataset to perform analysis. In Salesforce, navigate to “Einstein Discovery” and select “Create Dataset.” Choose the relevant Salesforce objects and fields that you want to include in the analysis. Define the target variable or the outcome you want to predict (e.g., customer churn, lead conversion).

Step 3: Analyze the Data

Once the dataset is created, Einstein Discovery will analyze the data automatically. It employs various statistical and machine learning algorithms to identify patterns and relationships in the data. You don’t need to write any code for this step; the tool handles the analysis.

Step 4: Interpret Results and Insights

After the analysis is complete, Einstein Discovery generates easy-to-understand insights and predictions. Explore the charts, graphs, and explanations to understand the key drivers influencing the outcome you defined in Step 2. The tool provides insights into what factors impact the KPIs and how you can improve them.

Step 5: Create and Share Stories

Einstein Discovery creates “stories” that summarize the analysis results in a narrative format. Customize the stories to focus on specific aspects of the data and the insights you want to highlight. Share these stories with stakeholders to facilitate data-driven discussions and decision-making.

Code Examples - Einstein Discovery API

To programmatically interact with Einstein Discovery, you can use its REST API. Here’s an example of how to upload a dataset and analyze it using Python and the requests library:

import requests
# Replace 'ACCESS_TOKEN' with your Einstein Discovery API access token
headers = {
"Authorization": "Bearer ACCESS_TOKEN",
"Content-Type": "multipart/form-data",
# Upload dataset file
files = {"data": ("dataset.csv", open("path/to/dataset.csv", "rb"), "text/csv")}
response = requests.post("https://api.einstein.ai/v2/vision/datasets/upload", headers=headers, files=files)
# Get dataset ID
dataset_id = response.json()["id"]
# Trigger analysis
analysis_response = requests.post(f"https://api.einstein.ai/v2/insights/datasets/{dataset_id}/analysis", headers=headers)


Einstein Discovery offers a powerful and intuitive way to uncover hidden patterns and insights within Salesforce data. By following the step-by-step guide and using the Einstein Discovery API, you can gain valuable insights to drive your business forward. Leverage Einstein Discovery’s AI-driven capabilities to make more informed decisions, predict outcomes, and maximize the potential of your Salesforce data.


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