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Expert Data Modeling with Power BI

By : Soheil Bakhshi
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Expert Data Modeling with Power BI

By: Soheil Bakhshi

Overview of this book

This book is a comprehensive guide to understanding the ins and outs of data modeling and how to create data models using Power BI confidently. You'll learn how to connect data from multiple sources, understand data, define and manage relationships between data, and shape data models to gain deep and detailed insights about your organization. In this book, you'll explore how to use data modeling and navigation techniques to define relationships and create a data model before defining new metrics and performing custom calculations using modeling features. As you advance through the chapters, the book will demonstrate how to create full-fledged data models, enabling you to create efficient data models and simpler DAX code with new data modeling features. With the help of examples, you'll discover how you can solve business challenges by building optimal data models and changing your existing data models to meet evolving business requirements. Finally, you'll learn how to use some new and advanced modeling features to enhance your data models to carry out a wide variety of complex tasks. By the end of this Power BI book, you'll have gained the skills you need to structure data coming from multiple sources in different ways to create optimized data models that support reporting and data analytics.
Table of Contents (18 chapters)
Section 1: Data Modeling in Power BI
Section 2: Data Preparation in Query Editor
Section 3: Data Modeling
Section 4: Advanced Data Modeling

Being cautious with bidirectional relationships

One of the most misunderstood and somehow misused Power BI features in data modeling is setting the Cross filter direction to Both. This is widely known as a bidirectional relationship. There is nothing wrong with setting a relationship to bidirectional if we know what we are doing and are conscious of its effects on our data model. We have seen Power BI developers who have many bidirectional relationships in their model and consequently end up with many issues, such as getting unexpected results in their DAX calculations or being unable to create a new relationship due to ambiguity. The reason that overusing bidirectional relationships increases the model ambiguity lies in filter propagation. In Chapter 8, Data Modeling Components, we covered the concept of filter propagation as well as bidirectional relationships. Chapter 8 looked at a scenario where the developer needed to have two slicers on a report page, one for the product category...