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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)

Ranking columns and measures

Ranking columns and measures can prove challenging when first learning DAX. It is easy to arrive at seemingly nonsensical ranks or ranks that are all 1. This recipe demonstrates how to properly use DAX's RANKX function to rank items when dealing with calculated columns as well as measures.

Getting ready

To prepare for this recipe, perform the following steps:

  1. Open Power BI Desktop.
  2. Use an Enter Data query to create a table called R04_Table with the following data:

Item

Category1

Category2

Value

Item 1

Green

Blue

100

Item 2

Blue

Green

200

Item 3

Green

Blue

300

Item 4

Blue

Green

400

Item 5

Red

Blue

500

Item 6

Red

Green

600...