Topic: DAX

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The hidden secrets of TOTALYTD

DAX has many time intelligence functions that are often redundant, offering different shorter syntaxes for longer more generic functions. However, sometimes the shorter syntax could be dangerous, as I explain in this blog post where I suggest using CALCULATE and…  Read more

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Correct calculate of age in DAX from birthday

UPDATE 2019-10-18 Because of a bug in YEARFRAC function described in the original blog post and reported by Dominik Petri (thanks!), there are cases where the previous solution does not work well. Moreoever, YEARFRAC is not that fast, so a…  Read more

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How to write DISTINCTCOUNTX in DAX

I received a question about how to implement the equivalent of a DISTINCTCOUNTX function in DAX. Well, such a function doesn’t exist in DAX, but imagine you want to write something like: The corresponding measure working in DAX is: In…  Read more

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International year_end_date for YTD functions in DAX

If you used the DATESYTD and TOTALYTD functions in DAX, you might have noticed that the optional parameter year_end_date is a string defining the last day of the year. The default is December 31, so this parameter is used only…  Read more

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What has happened in the DAX world in 2017

We are approaching the end of 2017, so it is a good time to review what happened in the DAX world this year, what we’ve been up to at SQLBI and what is going to happen in 2018. New DAX…  Read more

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Using TREATAS in place of IN in DAX

During a conversation at PASS Summit, one of the developers of Power BI shown me a way to use TREATAS in place of IN in DAX. I am not sure it increases readability of the code, but let’s examine pros…  Read more

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Strange behavior of HASONEVALUE and SELECTEDVALUE

I recently stumbled across a strange behavior of HASONEVALUE, which also impacts the SELECTEDVALUE function. When the only selected item in a column is a numeric value 0 and the column also contains a blank value, there is a bug…  Read more