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Version: 0.28.2



Ava is currently in beta.

Ava is built on Ask and offers a simple, chat-based interface where you can enter freeform questions about your data and leverage generative AI to produce insights. Note that Ava currently does not include all of the features of Ask, including the GEL steps created to produce your insights.

Open Ava

You can open Ava from the DataChat homepage. From the purple banner at the top of the page, click Try the beta. This opens a new page that contains the following components:

  1. Sidebar. The sidebar buttons open the conversation and file panels.
  2. New Conversation button. Create a new conversation with Ava here.
  3. Recent conversations. View your recently created conversations.
  4. Current Ava conversation. This is where you can ask Ava questions to find insights.
  5. Give Feedback. This opens a form where you're able to provide feedback on your Ava experience.

Ava session

Load Data

Ava supports the following file types:

  • Comma-separated values (.csv)
  • Excel (.xlsx)
  • JavaScript Object Notation (.json)
  • ZIP archives (.zip)
  • TAR archives (.tar)

Ava provides two ways to load data, either by clicking Files from the sidebar, or by opening a New Conversation.

From the Sidebar

To load in data from the sidebar, click the Files button, then:

  1. Select Upload File.

  2. Either drag and drop your file, or browse your local machine.

    browse files

  3. Once completed, close the window and select your file from the file list.

Once you've started using DataChat, the files list populates with your commonly used files. Select any file to load the data into your conversation.

Opening a New Conversation

To load in data by opening a new conversation, click New Conversation, then:

  1. Either drag and drop your file, or browse your local machine.

  2. Optionally, you can instead select a file from My Files.

  3. Click Load into conversation.

    browse files

Name Your Conversation

New conversations appear on the left side and are originally "Unnamed". You can rename the conversation by clicking More options > Rename and entering a new name.

rename conversation

Ask Questions

With data loaded into your conversation, you can begin asking questions. Enter your question in your own words, then click the wand icon or press Enter to let Ava find the answer. For example, if you wanted to know which season averages the most daily riders, simply ask: “Which season has the highest average daily riders?”

ask a question


When entering a question, Ava automatically finds and runs the steps needed to get to your answer. You can watch the solution progress in Ava's response.

Enter question

In this example, Ava provided us with an answer to our original question, showing us that fall has the highest average riders.

From here, you can continue your data investigation by asking Ava questions in the same conversation, or if you'd like to investigate another dataset, open a new conversation.

Enter a second question

Sweep Conversation

If you'd like to begin a new topic with Ava using the same datasets, you can sweep the current conversation instead of opening a new conversation. Sweeping prevents your previous questions and Ava's previous responses from further being used when asking new questions. To sweep the conversation, simply click the Sweep button.

ava Sweep

When the conversation is successfully swept, the Sweep button becomes disabled until more questions are asked.

Feedback Buttons

After the solution is complete, thumbs-up and thumbs-down feedback buttons appear. You can click either button to give feedback about Ava's output and whether or not it was beneficial to your data investigation. Providing feedback helps Ava to improve your experience.

Thumbs up and down

You can also submit more detailed feedback to the DataChat team by clicking the Give Feedback button.

Give feedback

Delete a Conversation

To delete an existing conversation, click More options > Delete next to the conversation you'd like to remove.

delete conversation