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# Calculate the difference between two columns (without hard coding in formula) in matrix

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08-22-2018 09:43 AM

Hello,

We have tickers for which we receive prices from multiple vendors on a daily basis.

i.e. We receive prices from 4 vendors for ticker ABC.

We would like to show the difference (actual and as a %) between the different data sources in a matrix.

Should display the difference between current record and record to the left. So, for Ticker ABC - would show difference between Bloomberg and IDC in column IDC.

Bascially want to make this dynamic so if user chooses only 2 pricing sources it will calculate the difference between those two. But, if three are chosen then if will show the difference between 1 and 2 -- then 2 and 3.

Basically want this to work like Tableau (not trying to promote Tableau -- just wanted to show example of how it should work)

Assuming some way to do this in DAX? Changed quick measures and couldn't find anything relevant.

Thanks,

Dan

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## Re: Calculate the difference between two columns (without hard coding in formula) in matrix

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09-03-2018 01:46 AM

Hi @dancarr22,

Index column is a custom column I created in query edit.

Since power bi data model not contains column index and row index, you need one index to let formula calculation dynamic based on current index.(such current -1 or current +1)

Date or numeric column can be used as index, text character current not support compare with math symbols.

If you only need to calculate on specific source, you can try to use switch function to define them as specific numeric as calculation index.

Regards,

Xiaoxin Sheng

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## Re: Calculate the difference between two columns (without hard coding in formula) in matrix

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08-23-2018 01:59 AM

HI @dancarr22,

I think you need to add index column based on 'pricing source' column to let formula dynamic.

Sample formula:

Diff = VAR currIndex = MAX ( Table3[Index] ) VAR currPrice = CALCULATE ( SUM ( Table3[Price] ), FILTER ( ALLSELECTED ( Table3 ), Table3[Index] = currIndex ), VALUES ( Table3[Ticker] ), VALUES ( Table3[Date] ) ) VAR prevPrice = CALCULATE ( SUM ( Table3[Price] ), FILTER ( ALLSELECTED ( Table3 ), Table3[Index] = currIndex - 1 ), VALUES ( Table3[Ticker] ), VALUES ( Table3[Date] ) ) RETURN IF ( prevPrice <> BLANK (), currPrice - prevPrice, currPrice )

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Xiaoxin Sheng

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08-28-2018 09:14 AM

Hi Xiaoxin,

Thanks for your assistance with this.

Unfortunately, the solution you provided did not work.

Issue appears to be in the index logic. while we do have indexes associated with the price source they are not in strict numerical order. Instead of using "currIndex - 1" is there some other way to define the selected indexes?

If not, can you just provide an example where we do price source 'Bloomberg' vs price source 'Reuters'? Not the optimal dynamic solution but can go with this for now.

Thanks,

Dan

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09-03-2018 01:46 AM

Hi @dancarr22,

Index column is a custom column I created in query edit.

Since power bi data model not contains column index and row index, you need one index to let formula calculation dynamic based on current index.(such current -1 or current +1)

Date or numeric column can be used as index, text character current not support compare with math symbols.

If you only need to calculate on specific source, you can try to use switch function to define them as specific numeric as calculation index.

Regards,

Xiaoxin Sheng

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09-11-2018 02:32 PM

Thanks Xiaoxin