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Helper II

List.Max filter on date degrading Power query performance

Hi All,


I am using below step in query  to limit data in my query. In below line am puting  filter in query to just to load only  last 7 days data. But this is taking too much time to execute in PBI desktop. Is there any alternate logic to optimize the performance.


#"Filtered Rows2" = Table.SelectRows(#"Removed Columns", each [date] >=Date.AddDays( List.Max(#"Removed Columns"[date]),-7))


Please help if anyone has suggestions.






Solution Sage
Solution Sage

Actually, a much faster method is to calculate the variable before adding it to the function. So if your prior step was PriorStep:

Last7 = Date.AddDays(Date.From(DateTime.LocalNow()), -7),

NewTable = Table.SelectRows(PriorStep, each [date] >= Last7)

in NewTable


I don't know why we are wasting so much effort calculating T-7 from the whole big dataset, when we can just get the value once, easily, and just filter using the value. Sooooo much faster.

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Hi thanks for ur reply


In my case datazone is different and max data is always less than localnow() date . He we are using localnow() but  I  want to use max of date column of the data .

Community Support
Community Support



You can just sort the date column in descending order, then add an index to filter to <=7. This should be faster. BTW, if you have duplicated date, you would need to group by before the index column.


#"Sorted Rows" = Table.Sort(#"Changed Type",{{"Date", Order.Descending}}),
#"Added Index" = Table.AddIndexColumn(#"Sorted Rows", "Index", 1, 1, Int64.Type),
#"Filtered Rows" = Table.SelectRows(#"Added Index", each [Index] <= 7)
#"Filtered Rows"



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Hi , Thanks for ur reply 

Indexing will not work in my case there are multiple rows for single date in my data

Solution Sage
Solution Sage

Try buffering a distinct list:

#"Filtered Rows2" = Table.SelectRows(#"Removed Columns", each [date] >=Date.AddDays( List.Max(List.Buffer(List.Distinct(_[date]))),-7))


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