Edit a metric in Optimizely

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This topic describes how to edit your metrics after you create them.

When you build a metric in Optimizely, you can edit it, to change its name, winning direction or denominator.  

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  1. Go 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. Go 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.

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.