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Problem with STDEV

I was working with a client to calculate Value at Risk over a rolling window of time - this requires calculating the standard deviation over the period which I figured would work just great - here's what I wrote ...

```// Standard Deviation Formula over a 10 Day Rolling Window (Out of the Box)
:=
CALCULATE (
STDEV.P ( Data[Price Change \$] ),
FILTER (
ALL ( Data ),
Data[Date]
> ( MAX ( 'Date'[Date] ) - 11 )
&& Data[Date] < MAX ( 'Date'[Date] )
)
)```

This formula returned the correct number for the first 10 days but then just returned zero.  I went back to my CFA knowledge and wrote the standard deviation formula from scratch ...

```// Standard Deviation Formula over a 10 Day Rolling Window (From Scratch):=
VAR averageprice = [AVG Price Change Last 10 Days]
VAR days = [COUNT Days]
RETURN
SQRT (
DIVIDE ( SUMX (
FILTER (ALL ( Data ),
Data[Date] > ( MAX ( 'Date'[Date] ) - 11 )
&& Data[Date] < MAX ( 'Date'[Date] )
),
( Data[Prices Change \$] - averageprice ) ^ 2 ),
days
)
)```

This works great - curious if anyone has had problems with the standard deviation functions or if anyone sees an error in the intial STDEV formula that I constructed.

Thanks,

Austin

Austin is VP Operations at PowerPivotPro and a professional self-service enthusiast 🙂
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Super User IV

Re: Problem with STDEV

I think at this point you go to https://support.powerbi.com and use the Contact Support link to submit a bug.

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Super User IV

Re: Problem with STDEV

Curious what happens if you use STDEVX.P with your FILTER instead of wrapping your STDEV.P inside a CALCULATE.

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Impactful Individual

Re: Problem with STDEV

Same result, I tried it both ways

Austin is VP Operations at PowerPivotPro and a professional self-service enthusiast 🙂
Super User IV

Re: Problem with STDEV

I think at this point you go to https://support.powerbi.com and use the Contact Support link to submit a bug.

---------------------------------------

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I have NEW book! DAX Cookbook from Packt
Over 120 DAX Recipes!

Proud to be a Datanaut!

Helper IV

Re: Problem with STDEV

I have the same problem

Fact (Itemkey,DateKey,Demand) Demand is Measure from source.

DimDate (DateKey,MonthNumber)

DimItem(ItemKey,ItemNumber,CompanyKey)

Now i am trying to create standard deviation but the function 'Stdev.P' is not working.

all values are as 0's

So i tried another way by calculating individual steps:

Note: All the calculations are Measures.

CounOfMonth = COUNT(DimDate[MonthNumber])

Mean = CALCULATE([CounOfMonth],ALLSELECTED(DimItem[ItemNumber]),ALLSELECTED('Fact'))

AvgDemand = DIVIDE(CALCULATE(SUM('Fact'[Demand]),ALLSELECTED('Fact'),ALLSELECTED(DimItem[ItemNumber])),[Mean],0)

Demand-AvgDemand = SUM('Fact'[Demand]) - [AvgDemand]

Sqr(Demand-Avg) = [Demand-AvgDemand]^2

Sqr(Demand-Avg)/Mean = DIVIDE([Sqr(Demand-Avg)],[Mean],0)

till here values are coming fine but not totals. and i concern about totals why because i once i remove MonthNumber from the table only one record and one total will which will be the same values.

OR Combining all above formulas into a single Measure is also coming fine, as:

StdDev = DIVIDE((CALCULATE(SUM('Fact'[Demand]),ALLSELECTED(DimItem[ItemNumber])) - DIVIDE ( SUMX (ALLSELECTED('Fact'),'Fact'[Demand]),[Mean]))^2,[Mean])

Once you add all values in Sqr(Demand-Avg)/Mean column

OR

Once you add all values in StdDev column

AND

Try try to do square root of it it is giving me the correct standard deviation as follows:

I filtered on a single item and working on it.

But when i  try to complete standard deviation formula by applying SQRT to StdDev:

StdDev = SQRT(DIVIDE((CALCULATE(SUM('Fact'[Demand]),ALLSELECTED(DimItem[ItemNumber])) - DIVIDE ( SUMX (ALLSELECTED('Fact'),'Fact'[Demand]),[Mean]))^2,[Mean]))

OR

by creating another Measure:

SQRT = SQRT(CALCULATE([Sqr(Demand-Avg)/Mean],ALLSELECTED(DimItem[ItemNumber]),ALLSELECTED('Fact')))

The results looks like this

Why my totals are not coming fine?

What did i miss?

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