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Segment Compatibility in Ad-Hoc & Data Warehouse


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Error - "Incompatible elements in this segment"


When you try to save a segment in Ad-Hoc with incompatible elements, the following error appears:

"There are incompatible elements in this segment. An element in the segment you are trying to open or save is not compatible between Adobe Analytics and Ad Hoc Analysis. Please remove it and try again."



This error occurs when you try to save a segment in the Data Warehouse folder where the segment contains elements not compatible with Data Warehouse. To resolve this error, do one of two things:

Save the segment in a different folder.

Remove or change the incompatible portions of the segment.

Incompatible elements

Some common items that are not compatible between Data Warehouse and Ad Hoc Analysis:

  • eVar Instances (standard eVar breakdowns are compatible)
  • Date breakdowns
  • Hierarchy breakdowns
  • Entry or Exit breakdowns (except if using Page)


This list is NOT comprehensive, but merely acts as a guideline for incompatible elements.


Data Warehouse Segment Compatibility

Not all segments created in the Segment Builder are compatible with Data Warehouse. This table lists the supported functions.

 Reports & Analytics, Ad Hoc AnalysisData Warehouse
ExcludesSupported at any levelSupported only in special cases at the top level
Sequential segmentsSupportedNot supported
AND and OR can be combined without limitsSupportedSome limitations
Nested containersSupportedSome limitations (they must decrease in scope, for example visitors can contain hits, but not the other way around)
DimensionsDrag and drop a dimension into the Segment Builder's Definitions field to find out about its product compatibility. For example, these dimensions are supported only in Reports & Analytics and Ad Hoc Analysis:
  • Entry Server
  • Entry Category
  • Entry Date
  • All Search Page Rank
Drag and drop a dimension into the Segment Builder'sDefinitions field to find out about its product compatibility. For example, these dimensions are supported only in Data Warehouse:
  • IP address
  • Page URL
  • Visitor ID
  • Marketing Cloud Visitor ID
Segment stackingSupportedNot supported


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