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SAP BusinessObjects Reporting Cookbook

By : Yoav Yohav
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SAP BusinessObjects Reporting Cookbook

By: Yoav Yohav

Overview of this book

Table of Contents (21 chapters)
SAP BusinessObjects Reporting Cookbook
About the Author
About the Reviewers

Using aggregate functions

Aggregate functions are used whenever we want to perform calculations on measure objects. This isn't always the case as we can also perform a count calculation on a dimension or an attribute object.

We distinguish between two main uses of aggregative functions as follows:

  • A summarized aggregative function returns the result in the footer or in a single cell, such as Sum or a Max calculation

  • A row-level calculation shows the aggregative result, such as the percentage

The main aggregative functions are as follows:

  • Sum

  • Average

  • Min/Max

  • Percentage

  • Count

How to do it...

The count function counts each unique value once, so if we have 10K rows that contain only seven different values, the result of count will be 7.

If we need to count the number of rows in a table, regardless of whether a value exists in a specific row or not, we use the count all syntax.

As we know, every formula starts with the equals to sign, so we basically use the count syntax and add the all option...