Quick Start Guide

The absolutely fastest way to train a model with Recast

This is the fastest way to get you launching your first model run. The steps are:

  1. Download this “clean data” file to your computer
  2. Set up the prior-settings file
  3. Launch the run via the Recast UI
  4. View the results

Step 1: download data

Click on THIS LINK and save the file “demo_clean_data.csv” to your computer.

Step 2: set up prior-settings file

  1. Click THIS LINK and then go to File -> Make a copy
  2. Give the sheet any name you want
  3. Click “share” and give the following email address “read” access to the file: [email protected]

Step 3: Launch a model build via the Recast UI

  1. Navigate to your Recast partner dashboard: https://app.getrecast.com/admin/dashboards
  2. Click “manage runs” on the left-hand side
  3. Click the blue “launch run” button in the top right
  4. Paste in the google sheets URL of the prior-setting file you created in step 2
  5. Load in the “clean data” file from your computer that you downloaded in step 1
  6. Click “Launch”

Step 4: View Results

Now you need to wait for your run to complete. The MMM takes a few hours to train, so this is a good time to turn your attention to other things (or take a luxurious lunch break) and then come back to see the results.

Once the model has finished training, you can do a few things:

  1. View the “run analysis” dashboard which shows a comparison of the parameter estimates in the run you launched vs whatever is currently “client visible”.

  2. Click “view model” which will take you to a preview of the results in the Recast dashboard

  3. Click “Activate Model” which will deploy this training run’s results to “production” so that clients (and anyone with access to the dashboard) can view the results.