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## Duration M Query and Data tab

Hi,

I am having an issue with duration.  In M Query everything looks right and I have it set as duration 0.00:00:00, but once it comes into PBI I get nothing but Zeros.  When I hit the drop down filter I will see long decimal number  like 0.0118518518518519 etc.

I need to be able to find the average duration.  This is for call logs.  I can keep it as text in M Query and it will come accross in the duration format, buts a text and I cant calculate averages on a text field.

How do you process durations in PBI to calculate and measure average duration?

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@rjs2 Just to add to @az38 , what I believe you are seeing is fractions of a day. So 2 hours for example is 1/24 * 2. Minutes are 1/24/60 and seconds are 1/24/60/60.

You may want to review this article as I am assuming that you will want to display them as distances at some point

https://community.powerbi.com/t5/Quick-Measures-Gallery/Chelsie-Eiden-s-Duration/m-p/793639#M389

And this one may be useful as well:

https://community.powerbi.com/t5/Quick-Measures-Gallery/Duration-to-Seconds-Converter/m-p/342279#M92

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Super User

@rjs2 Just to add to @az38 , what I believe you are seeing is fractions of a day. So 2 hours for example is 1/24 * 2. Minutes are 1/24/60 and seconds are 1/24/60/60.

You may want to review this article as I am assuming that you will want to display them as distances at some point

https://community.powerbi.com/t5/Quick-Measures-Gallery/Chelsie-Eiden-s-Duration/m-p/793639#M389

And this one may be useful as well:

https://community.powerbi.com/t5/Quick-Measures-Gallery/Duration-to-Seconds-Converter/m-p/342279#M92

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Hi @rjs2

I do not see a straight way to convert M-duration to DAX (maybe I'm missing smth)

As you did not provide more data model details - have a look at @Greg_Deckler solution https://community.powerbi.com/t5/Community-Blog/Aggregating-Duration-Time/ba-p/22486

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