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Last Updated: 20 October 2020

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The Date Table is required for most Time Intelligence calculations such as year - to - date, previous year or moving averages. If the data model does not already have a date table, it is possible to create one using calculate Table and some basic DAX code. All dates - from first to last day of each year - need to be present. Each date has its own row. There are no holes allow, even if the date is not Reference by event. The table needs to include one DateTime type column. There are a couple of functions in DAX that create simple Date Table: CALENDAR and CALENDARAUTO. Both function return table with a single column named Date and a list of values for dates. The calendar requires boundaries of set of dates, whereas CALENDARAUTO searches among all dates in the data model and automatically finds first and last year Reference within the model. Unfortunately, none of these two functions is perfect. In fact, CALENDARAUTO searches in all date columns of the data model, including - for example - customer birth dates. As a result, CALENDARAUTO might create a date table containing many irrelevant years. On other hand, CALENDAR requires computing of MIN and MAX date of all transactions available and then moves them respectively to the first and last day of these years. Therefore, easiest way of creating a simple CALENDAR Table is to rely on CALENDARAUTO to find all dates available, and then remove from all dates to find ones that do fall inside the period of interest. For example, following expression is a good starting point for Date Table: by using two variables, MinYear and MaxYear, remaining part of code does not depend on the data model. Thus, this code can easily be pasted into another data model and adapted to various needs with minor changes. Once Date Table is in place, it is a good idea to mark it as Date Table as shown here: this both simplifies code to author Time Intelligence calculations and automatically disables the auto Date / Time feature. The code snippet shown above is just the starting point for the real date Table. Specific requirements will help achieve a more complete definition. If, for example, day of week is require, it is possible to add columns with weekday as string or as number. The same applies to the definition of quarter, fiscal months, years, and any other column require. More complete examples of Date Table are available in the article Reference Date Table in DAX and Power BI.

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Creating the Date Dimension

Power BI is an amazing business Intelligence tool that gives us the ability to calculate many Time - intelligent calculations based on available underlying data. Few in - built functions allow business users to calculate Month - over - Month, or Month - to - Date, etc. Calculations just out of the box. The only requirement for Power BI to calculate such functions is to have a date dimension Table in the Power BI Data Model on which it can make calculations. Let us now go ahead and enable the Auto Date / Time function under Time Intelligence Options. Open Power BI Desktop and click on File. Select Options and settings, and a new dialog box will appear. In new dialog box, select Data Load and check box against Auto Date / Time: Next, let us fetch some Sales Data into Power BI Data Model. For the sake of this article, I am going to use fact.S Sale Table from WideWorldImportersDW database. In Power BI Desktop, go to Get Data and select SQL Server. Select fact. Sale Table and click on Load. This will connect to SQL Server database Table and bring data into the Power BI environment: Once the Table is import, you can see the Power BI Data Model as follow: let us now create a calendar Table in Power BI. To give it a name, let us call it Table DateDimension: to create Date dimension in Power BI, click on Data view, which is available on the left bar, and then navigate to the Modelling tab on top. Select new Table and Enter the following DAX expression to generate a calendar Table with records starting from 1 January 2015 to 31 December 2020. This will create a new Table with all dates all these six years: click on the tick button or press Enter to generate a Table. You can now see a new table has been Add to the Power BI Data Model with only one field in it: now that our basic Date dimension Table is ready, we can go ahead and add additional columns to it. These additional columns can be like Month, Week, Year, Weekday, etc. To keep things simple, let just add Month, Quarter, and Year to the Table. Click on New Column button and Add following DAX expression to create month labels for all dates on the table. This will create a Month Column in the Table: similarly, add columns for quarter and year accordingly. You are free to add as many columns as required into this Table: once all columns have been Add to the Data Model, date dimension will look something like this: since the month column we add is a string field, months will be sorted alphabetically and not chronologically.

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Conclusion

If you are creating a live connection to Tabular Analysis Services server or Power BI service dataset, you can now create new measures using DAX. These measures will not be part of the model. However, they will behave just like measures defined in imported models, meaning you can set their data type and formatting, see error messages when you break Measure expression, and use intellisense when editing expressions. Also, they can be used in reports published to Power BI service and used in visuals pinned to dashboards. You create them in just the same way as you would for imported model, from the New Measure button on the ribbon, or by right clicking on the field list. We currently only support reports measures live connection against Analysis Services Tabular models. You wo be able to create measures when connected to multidimensional cubes, but well consider this for future release based on your feedback. Find more details about report level measures in the following video: were building on last month's release of quick measures with two new additional calculations: Total for category and Rolling average. Total for category will calculate total across all values in category. There are two options for Total for category, one that will respect filters that apply in the report and one that will ignore filters. Both can be found under the Totals section. These are useful building blocks for creating measures that calculate contribution to total amount or percentage of parent.S Rolling average will perform average of Measure chosen across a given number of periods. It can be found under the Time Intelligence section. Weve also made some general improvements to the quick measures feature. First, for some quick measures, you can now pick if blanks should be treated as zeros or be blank in calculation. This is important when visuals use attributes where measure does have value. For example, if your date dimension extends further than data, you might want your quick measure to return blanks when the base value is also blank. Second, quick measures will now match the formatting of base Measure if choose Measure doesnt need specific formatting. For example, doing year to date on currency column will preserve currency formatting from base measure. This should save you some time when creating new measures. Find more details about quick measures in the following video: when creating bins, you can now decide how many bins you want, and we will determine the correct size for bins. Weve also made some improvements to binning dialog in general. When creating bins, we show min & max values of source column and bin size. We also now recommend the number, or size, of bins to help pick the best grouping.

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Date Table in DAX

The process to creating Date Table in DAX is very similar. You have to select Table Tools > New Table in Power BI report view, Once that is done, you can populate your Table with this function. Once you use this function to create a new table, you will get the following. Now, Mark it as a Date Table by going to Table Tools > Mark as Date Table Power BI will ask you to select the Date column. Once selected, it will verify the Table as Date Table. With that being done, you can add in other columns using the FORMAT function. Here I have added in FORMAT and others, 've selected a few common ones I have used, but you can add your own FORMAT style as well, Check out the last column below. There are, of course, other formats as well. You can get more info here.

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