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DAX Cookbook

By : Greg Deckler
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DAX Cookbook

By: Greg Deckler

Overview of this book

DAX provides an extra edge by extracting key information from the data that is already present in your model. Filled with examples of practical, real-world calculations geared toward business metrics and key performance indicators, this cookbook features solutions that you can apply for your own business analysis needs. You'll learn to write various DAX expressions and functions to understand how DAX queries work. The book also covers sections on dates, time, and duration to help you deal with working days, time zones, and shifts. You'll then discover how to manipulate text and numbers to create dynamic titles and ranks, and deal with measure totals. Later, you'll explore common business metrics for finance, customers, employees, and projects. The book will also show you how to implement common industry metrics such as days of supply, mean time between failure, order cycle time and overall equipment effectiveness. In the concluding chapters, you'll learn to apply statistical formulas for covariance, kurtosis, and skewness. Finally, you'll explore advanced DAX patterns for interpolation, inverse aggregators, inverse slicers, and even forecasting with a deseasonalized correlation coefficient. By the end of this book, you'll have the skills you need to use DAX's functionality and flexibility in business intelligence and data analytics.
Table of Contents (15 chapters)

Debugging with FIRSTNONBLANK and LASTNONBLANK

Debugging DAX is not nearly as advanced or user-friendly in Power BI, Excel, and SQL as debugging in the IDEs for many other programming languages. While IDEs for other languages include the ability to set code execution breakpoints, step through code, and watch variable values change during code execution, the environments in which DAX is written do not provide similar capabilities.

Hence, debugging DAX is unquestionably more old school when it comes to trying to figure out what is wrong with a particular calculation. This recipe provides a technique to assist in troubleshooting efforts that leverages DAX's FIRSTNONBLANK and LASTNONBLANK functions.

Getting ready

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