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banthorpe Regular Visitor
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Error with PREVIOUSMONTH - duplicatedates

HI - I am trying to build a new measure which returns the calculated value for the previous month.

 

This is the initial measure I am working with which returns the correct data:

 

MeetingsPerDay = DIVIDE(COUNTROWS(MeetingsDashboard),DISTINCTCOUNT(MeetingsDashboard[localStartDate].[Day]))

 

I then tried to create a new measure to calculate the answer for the previous month as follows:

 

MeetingsPerDayLastMonth = CALCULATE(DIVIDE(COUNTROWS(MeetingsDashboard),DISTINCTCOUNT(MeetingsDashboard[localStartDate].[Day])),PREVIOUSMONTH(MeetingsDashboard[localStartDate]))

 

but it returns a DAX error:

 

Calculation error in measure 'MeetingsDashboard'[MeetingsPerDayLastMonth]: A date column containing duplicate dates was specified in the call to function 'PREVIOUSMONTH'. This is not supported.

 

any suggestions please!

 

I need this so I can build up a KPI visual comparing this month to last month etc.

 

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Interkoubess Established Member
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Re: Error with PREVIOUSMONTH - duplicatedates

HI @banthorpe,

 

Please create a Calendar table covering your period ( for example 2 years ..) and link this table to your fact table by the date.

 

Then you can write your measure with the previousmonth function and calendar date.

 

Hope it helps otherwise give sample data and will help.

 

Ninter.

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Interkoubess Established Member
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Re: Error with PREVIOUSMONTH - duplicatedates

HI @banthorpe,

 

Please create a Calendar table covering your period ( for example 2 years ..) and link this table to your fact table by the date.

 

Then you can write your measure with the previousmonth function and calendar date.

 

Hope it helps otherwise give sample data and will help.

 

Ninter.

banthorpe Regular Visitor
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Re: Error with PREVIOUSMONTH - duplicatedates

What do you mean by link the table?

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v-jiascu-msft Super Contributor
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Re: Error with PREVIOUSMONTH - duplicatedates

Hi @banthorpe,

 

It's the new date table. We usually create an independent date table in your scenario. Please give it a try. 

Calendar = calendar(date(2017,1,1),date(2018,12,31))
Calendar = calendarauto()

Best Regards,

Dale

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v-jiascu-msft Super Contributor
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Re: Error with PREVIOUSMONTH - duplicatedates

Hi @banthorpe,

 

Could you please mark the proper answers as solutions?

 

Best Regards,

Dale

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roofi00 Regular Visitor
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Re: Error with PREVIOUSMONTH - duplicatedates

Hey @Interkoubess , any suggestions how to work it out when we use Power BI streaming dataset and we can't created additional dataset? 

Nathaniel_C New Contributor
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Re: Error with PREVIOUSMONTH - duplicatedates

@roofi00 ,

Not sure how that works, but can you add an index to your table in Power Query? If so, you can use that to find the previous row.

 

Let me know if you have any questions.

 

If this solves your issues, please mark it as the solution, so that others can find it easily. Kudos are nice too.
Nathaniel

roofi00 Regular Visitor
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Re: Error with PREVIOUSMONTH - duplicatedates

@Nathaniel_C , I can manipulate with dataset however I want. But for different categories may be updated in different times so I will not be able to use TOP N filter (because some values will not be shown there).

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