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Hands-On Business Intelligence with DAX

By : Ian Horne
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Hands-On Business Intelligence with DAX

By: Ian Horne

Overview of this book

Data Analysis Expressions (DAX) is known for its ability to increase efficiency by extracting new information from data that is already present in your model. With this book, you’ll learn to use DAX’s functionality and flexibility in the BI and data analytics domains. You’ll start by learning the basics of DAX, along with understanding the importance of good data models, and how to write efficient DAX formulas by using variables and formatting styles. You’ll then explore how DAX queries work with the help of examples. The book will guide you through optimizing the BI workflow by writing powerful DAX queries. Next, you’ll learn to manipulate and load data of varying complexity within Microsoft products such as Power BI, SQL Server, and Excel Power Pivot. You’ll then discover how to build and extend your data models to gain additional insights, before covering progressive DAX syntax and functions to understand complex relationships in DAX. Later, you’ll focus on important DAX functions, specifically those related to tables, date and time, filtering, and statistics. Finally, you’ll delve into advanced topics such as how the formula and storage engines work to optimize queries. By the end of this book, you’ll have gained hands-on experience in employing DAX to enhance your data models by extracting new information and gaining deeper insights.
Table of Contents (18 chapters)
1
Section 1: Introduction to DAX for the BI Pro
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Section 2: Understanding DAX Functions and Syntax
14
Section 3: Taking DAX to the Next Level

Understanding your data model

There are a few tools available that will help you to understand your data model in more detail. Some of these are third-party tools, but if you are working with a version of Power BI Desktop released after October 2018, then the Power Query Editor comes with excellent data profiling capabilities built in. In this section, we're going to look at these and how they can be used to help you better understand the data that you are working within your data model.

Data profiling with Power BI Desktop

To access the data profiling capabilities in Power BI Desktop, we need to open the Power Query Editor. The easiest way to do this is by clicking on the Edit Queries button in the External data section...