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Helper I

## DAX: Ranking or Indexing Dates

Hi Folks

I have a Pivot that creates a Cohort Anlaysis as shown on the left below.  This shows the number of customer remaining in a cohort in the subsequent months (invoice months) following signup. So for example in Jan 2016, the cohort started with 40 customers, and by March 2016 the number of customers was reduced to 22.

I want  the date row (invoice Month) to be "indexed". So the first month the customer is invoiced to be 0, the second month to be 1, the third to be 3 (as shown on the right). In reality it doesn't matter if the index starts at 1 rather than 0.  The link to the PowerPivot & associated DAX (that creates the % view)  is here.

Any help or advice would would be much appreciated.

Steve

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Microsoft

## Re: DAX: Ranking or Indexing Dates

@stfox

In this scenario, we can rank Invoice Month (from earliest month) within each Signup Month group, and use the rank number as the column group in Matrix. Please refer to following steps:

1. Create a measure for the number of customers.
`TotalCustomer = CALCULATE(COUNTROWS('Raw Cohort data'))`
2. Since we will rank the month values, we need to convert the Invoice date into number.
```Inv_Year&Month =
VALUE (
YEAR ( 'Raw Cohort data'[Invoice_Month] ) & "0"
& MONTH ( 'Raw Cohort data'[Invoice_Month] )
)
```
3. Create a column for the rank by Inv_Year&Month within Signup month. You can see the rank in below table chart.
```RankInvoiceYear&Month =
RANKX (
FILTER (
'Raw Cohort data',
EARLIER ( 'Raw Cohort data'[Signup Month] ) = 'Raw Cohort data'[Signup Month]
),
'Raw Cohort data'[Inv_Year&Month],
,
ASC,
DENSE
)
```
4. Drag below data fields into the Matrix chart. Since you already know the DAX for the % view, you can replace “RankInvoiceYear&Month” with the % view DAX and then you can get another % view Matrix.
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Community Champion

## Re: DAX: Ranking or Indexing Dates

@stfox If you are analyzing only 12 months at a time (1 Calendar Year) you could simply add a Calculated Column like so

`DAX Index = MONTH ( 'Table'[Invoice_Month] ) - 1`

Of course then you would have to adjust @OwenAuger's solution here

http://community.powerbi.com/t5/Desktop/Cohort-Analysis-DAX/m-p/40102#M15035

To something like this...

```Measure DAX Index =
DIVIDE (
[Customer ID Count],
CALCULATE (
[Customer ID Count],
GENERATE (
VALUES ( 'Table'[Signup Month] ),
FILTER (
ALL ( 'Table'[DAX Index] ),
'Table'[DAX Index] = MONTH('Table'[Signup Month])-1
)
)
)
)```

If you are however doing this on an ongoing basis - the Index would have to be constructed differently!

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Helper I

## Re: DAX: Ranking or Indexing Dates

Thanks Sean, yes the hook is that the time period is greater than 12 months, and grows through time. Any suggestions ?

Cheers

Steve

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Microsoft

## Re: DAX: Ranking or Indexing Dates

@stfox

In this scenario, we can rank Invoice Month (from earliest month) within each Signup Month group, and use the rank number as the column group in Matrix. Please refer to following steps:

1. Create a measure for the number of customers.
`TotalCustomer = CALCULATE(COUNTROWS('Raw Cohort data'))`
2. Since we will rank the month values, we need to convert the Invoice date into number.
```Inv_Year&Month =
VALUE (
YEAR ( 'Raw Cohort data'[Invoice_Month] ) & "0"
& MONTH ( 'Raw Cohort data'[Invoice_Month] )
)
```
3. Create a column for the rank by Inv_Year&Month within Signup month. You can see the rank in below table chart.
```RankInvoiceYear&Month =
RANKX (
FILTER (
'Raw Cohort data',
EARLIER ( 'Raw Cohort data'[Signup Month] ) = 'Raw Cohort data'[Signup Month]
),
'Raw Cohort data'[Inv_Year&Month],
,
ASC,
DENSE
)
```
4. Drag below data fields into the Matrix chart. Since you already know the DAX for the % view, you can replace “RankInvoiceYear&Month” with the % view DAX and then you can get another % view Matrix.
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Helper I

## Re: DAX: Ranking or Indexing Dates

Thanks Simon - Just what I was after. Totally logical - when broken down into those steps

Cheers Steve

BTW - The working example is here - for anyone who requires it in the future

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Impactful Individual

## Re: DAX: Ranking or Indexing Dates

What a great thread.  Thanks Steve for posting your finished example.  Cheers!  Tom

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## Re: DAX: Ranking or Indexing Dates

Thank you so much! This has been really helpful!

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Helper III

## Re: DAX: Ranking or Indexing Dates

Hello

I am posting here cos I have a similar issue. I simply want to rank my reporting date.

Reporting date     Rank

1/21/2018              0

1/19/2018               -1

1/21/2018              0

1/17/2018              -2

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Helper V

## Re: DAX: Ranking or Indexing Dates

I did the exact process but I didn't get the results like yours, can I send you the file to check why not work?

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