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  • Troubleshooting Incompatibility Issues with Google Analytics 4 Reporting in Python

    Posted by Sophia on 18 June 2022 at 5:04 pm

    “Hey there! I’ve been working with Google Analytics Data API v1Beta and a custom dimension to pull some data from GA4 account. Python is my tool of choice to get the eventCount metric with keys like date, campaignId, campaignName and eventName. My end goal is to figure out the eventCount for various eventName in different campaignName. Any info on how to get this rolling?

    // Python code ensues

    I crossed paths with an error message that goes: ‘InvalidArgument: 400 Please remove eventCount to make the request compatible. The request’s dimensions & metrics are incompatible. Check out: https://ga-dev-tools.web.app/ga4/dimensions-metrics-explorer/.’

    Here’s what it looks like: https://i.stack.imgur.com/APcUN.png


    Isabella replied 11 months, 2 weeks ago 3 Members · 2 Replies
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  • Logan

    15 March 2023 at 12:34 am

    The error message you’re facing is essentially saying that certain combinations of metrics and dimensions won’t mix and match. It’s kind of like trying to combine two puzzle pieces that don’t fit together.

    In your scenario, eventCount doesn’t vibe with campaignId or campaignName. To get your request going, you may need to let go of either eventCount, campaignId or campaignName.

    This basically means that the exact data combo you’re trying to cook up may not be on the menu. But no worries, this happens and there could be alternative ways to gather the insights you need.

  • Isabella

    9 June 2023 at 9:56 am

    The error you’re getting is due to an issue with the compatibility between the dimensions and metrics in your request. According to the link provided in the error message, not all combinations of dimensions and metrics are valid. The lists of dimensions and metrics used in a request must be compatible with each other and with the API itself. Although you mentioned you need to track ‘eventCount’ by ‘date’, ‘campaignId’, ‘campaignName’, and ‘eventName’, it’s possible that the ‘eventCount’ metric is not compatible with one or more of these dimensions. Consider altering your request accordingly, with different metric or dimension selections that are compatible with each other.

    Also keep in mind that sometimes using only dimension or only metrics isn’t possible because certain API names are not supported in Dimension or Metric. More details on the issue can be found at this GitHub issue link: https://github.com/googleapis/google-cloud-ruby/issues/20138.

    Lastly, reviewing the documentation found at: https://developers.google.com/analytics/devguides/reporting/data/v1/api-schema, might lead you to find alternate schema names for the Metrics fields you’re trying to pull. For example, replace ‘itemListViewEvents’ with ‘itemViewEvents’ and ‘itemViewEvents’ with ‘itemsViewed’.

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