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09-07-2017 06:17 AM - last edited 04-12-2018 23:19 PM

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Simple Linear Regression

09-07-2017
06:17 AM

This measure allows you to predict dependent values Y from independent values X.

Simple linear regression

Estimate Y values based on X values.

Name: Category

Tooltip: The category for which you have known X and Y values

Type: Categorical field

Name: Measure X

Tooltip: Known X (independent) values

Type: Numerical field / measure

Name: Measure Y

Tooltip: Known Y (dependent) values

Type: Numerical field / measure

```
Estimated {Measure Y} =
VAR Known =
FILTER (
SELECTCOLUMNS (
ALLSELECTED ( {Category} ),
"Known[X]", CALCULATE ( {Measure X} ),
"Known[Y]", CALCULATE ( {Measure Y} )
),
AND (
NOT ( ISBLANK ( Known[X] ) ),
NOT ( ISBLANK ( Known[Y] ) )
)
)
VAR Count_Items =
COUNTROWS ( Known )
VAR Sum_X =
SUMX ( Known, Known[X] )
VAR Sum_X2 =
SUMX ( Known, Known[X] ^ 2 )
VAR Sum_Y =
SUMX ( Known, Known[Y] )
VAR Sum_XY =
SUMX ( Known, Known[X] * Known[Y] )
VAR Average_X =
AVERAGEX ( Known, Known[X] )
VAR Average_Y =
AVERAGEX ( Known, Known[Y] )
VAR Slope =
DIVIDE (
Count_Items * Sum_XY - Sum_X * Sum_Y,
Count_Items * Sum_X2 - Sum_X ^ 2
)
VAR Intercept =
Average_Y - Slope * Average_X
RETURN
Intercept + Slope * {Measure X}
```

For more details on and other uses of this quick measure, see my blog post on the subject:

https://xxlbi.com/blog/simple-linear-regression-in-dax/

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04-06-2021
02:46 PM

I've dabbled in multiple linear regression. Here's what it looks like with three x variables.

```
Regression Coefficients =
VAR ShortNames =
SELECTCOLUMNS (
Returns,
"A", [Equity], /*Known X1 values*/
"D", [Duration], /*Known X2 values*/
"C", [Credit], /*Known X3 values*/
"Y", [Manager] /*Known Y values*/
)
VAR n = COUNTROWS ( ShortNames )
VAR A = SUMX ( ShortNames, [A] )
VAR D = SUMX ( ShortNames, [D] )
VAR C = SUMX ( ShortNames, [C] )
VAR Y = SUMX ( ShortNames, [Y] )
VAR AA = SUMX ( ShortNames, [A] * [A] ) - A * A / n
VAR DD = SUMX ( ShortNames, [D] * [D] ) - D * D / n
VAR CC = SUMX ( ShortNames, [C] * [C] ) - C * C / n
VAR AD = SUMX ( ShortNames, [A] * [D] ) - A * D / n
VAR AC = SUMX ( ShortNames, [A] * [C] ) - A * C / n
VAR DC = SUMX ( ShortNames, [D] * [C] ) - D * C / n
VAR AY = SUMX ( ShortNames, [A] * [Y] ) - A * Y / n
VAR DY = SUMX ( ShortNames, [D] * [Y] ) - D * Y / n
VAR CY = SUMX ( ShortNames, [C] * [Y] ) - C * Y / n
VAR BetaA =
DIVIDE (
AY*DC*DC - AD*CY*DC - AY*CC*DD + AC*CY*DD + AD*CC*DY - AC*DC*DY,
AD*CC*AD - AC*DC*AD - AD*AC*DC + AA*DC*DC + AC*AC*DD - AA*CC*DD
)
VAR BetaD =
DIVIDE (
AY*CC*AD - AC*CY*AD - AY*AC*DC + AA*CY*DC + AC*AC*DY - AA*CC*DY,
AD*CC*AD - AC*DC*AD - AD*AC*DC + AA*DC*DC + AC*AC*DD - AA*CC*DD
)
VAR BetaC =
DIVIDE (
- AY*DC*AD + AD*CY*AD + AY*AC*DD - AA*CY*DD - AD*AC*DY + AA*DC*DY,
AD*CC*AD - AC*DC*AD - AD*AC*DC + AA*DC*DC + AC*AC*DD - AA*CC*DD
)
VAR Intercept =
AVERAGEX ( ShortNames, [Y] )
- AVERAGEX ( ShortNames, [A] ) * BetaA
- AVERAGEX ( ShortNames, [D] ) * BetaD
- AVERAGEX ( ShortNames, [C] ) * BetaC
RETURN
{ BetaA, BetaD, BetaC, Intercept } /*Pick One*/
```

(From my StackOverflow post.)

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02-12-2020
04:15 AM

Hi @Daniil,

I'm trying to find the slope of a graph comparing 2 pollution datasets. I altered your measure to do this. The measure works well until it comes to summing the X^2 and XY values. The multiplication doesn't work and this affects the slope calculation.

What could be causing this problem?

PS: I'm very inexperienced with Power BI, so forgive me if this is a stupid question related to SUM and SUMX.

Anonymous

Not applicable

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12-01-2017
04:48 AM

Really excellent stuff !!

I had managed to do a linear regression line previously but this is so much cleaner

I did have to tweak yours slightly

1) Instead of a plain old Allselected i needed to

do

CALCULATETABLE (

SUMMARIZE (

FeederHistory,

FeederHistory[EventDateHour],

FeederHistory[EventDate]

),

ALLSELECTED ( FeederHistory )

),

and for some reason SSRS moaned at me for using SELCTEDVALUE so I replaced it with the older hasonevalue values paradigm

ie

RETURN

Intercept

+ Slope

* IF (

HASONEVALUE ( FeederHistory[EventDate] ),

VALUES ( FeederHistory[EventDate] ))

Anonymous

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12-01-2017
04:45 AM

Really excellent stuff !!

I had managed to do a linear regression line previously but this is so much cleaner

I did have to tweak yours slightly

1) Instead of a plain old Allselected i needed to

do

CALCULATETABLE (

SUMMARIZE (

FeederHistory,

FeederHistory[EventDateHour],

FeederHistory[EventDate]

),

ALLSELECTED ( FeederHistory )

),

and for some reason SSRS moaned at me for using SELCTEDVALUE so I replaced it with the older hasonevalue values paradigm

ie

RETURN

Intercept

+ Slope

* IF (

HASONEVALUE ( FeederHistory[EventDate] ),

VALUES ( FeederHistory[EventDate] ))

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12-01-2017
09:04 AM

Hi

Thanks for your comments. If, like me you ever need to get the first and last values for a given filtered interval to calculate the total trend change over time, or rate of trend change over time, the Starting and Ending measures are great. When you get something like this working it really puts a smile on your face! With these complicated measures I can highly recomment DAX formatter if you are not already using it.

Tony

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12-01-2017
04:51 AM

I know this is a Power Bi portal but I had to make it work for both PBI and SSRS

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11-27-2017
05:16 AM

Hi

I am using your Simple Linear Regression measure with great success. Thank You.

I am doing temperature studies and I want to find the first and last values of your measure in a given time interval which is filtered by a slicer. By doing this I can calculate the difference in the trend line over the interval of filtered years.

I can find the first and last **year** of the filtered interval by using FIRSTNONBLANK and LASTNONBLANK but I can't do this with your code because FIRSTNONBLANK and LASTNONBLANK only accept a column as an argument. I cannot seem to convert your measure into a calculated column to do this. Is there a version of your measure that produces a column? My data has two columns **year** and **temperature. **X and Y.

Any help would be much appreciated.

Tony Maclaren

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11-28-2017
12:30 AM

Thanks for your feedback, Tony!

If I understand you correctly, there are a few ways to achieve your goal.

Here is an example of a measure:

Starting Temperature = VAR Known = FILTER ( SELECTCOLUMNS ( ALLSELECTED ( 'Table'[Year] ), "Known[X]", 'Table'[Year] ), "Known[Y]", [Temperature] ), AND ( NOT ( ISBLANK ( Known[X] ) ), NOT ( ISBLANK ( Known[Y] ) ) ) ) VAR First = TOPN ( 1, Known, Known[X], ASC ) RETURN MINX ( First, Known[Y] )

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11-28-2017
11:35 AM

Dear Daniil

Thank you for your very prompt response. I will be in Sydney, where I grew up, in early December!

Here is the tweaked code below (minus some brackets) that does the trick.Thank you so much.

This is an** incredibly useful** companion measure to your Simple Linear Regression measure, and because it works with measures it will find the equivalent of FIRSTNONBLANK in **a measure**. However it does not work correctly in the filtered context of a YEAR slider to filter the interval of years which the Simple Linear Regression measure does .The value changes with the slider, but the results do not correctly match the estimated starting value of the **Estimated** measure except for the first value of the whole dataset.

Starting Temperature =

VAR Known =

FILTER (

SELECTCOLUMNS (

ALLSELECTED ( 'cetdata'[YEAR] ),

"Known[X]", 'cetdata'[YEAR],

"Known[Y]", [Estimated]

),

AND (

NOT ( ISBLANK ( Known[X] ) ),

NOT ( ISBLANK ( Known[Y] ) )

)

)

VAR First =

TOPN ( 1, Known, Known[X], ASC )

RETURN

MINX ( First, Known[Y] )

NOT ( ISBLANK ( Known[Y] ) )

)

)

VAR First =

TOPN ( 1, Known, Known[X], ASC )

RETURN

MINX ( First, Known[Y] )

Now we have to fix the filter context and figure out how to find [**Ending temperature**] so we can subtract **[Starting Temperature]** and get the trend change per filtered interval.

Thanks again--great stuff. No one else had a clue what my problem was or how to solve it.

Tony

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11-28-2017
07:24 PM

Tony, you should visit the local Power BI User Group if you get a chance 🙂 The next meeting date should be announced at Meetup soon.

Try the following measures:

Starting Temperature = VAR Estimate = SELECTCOLUMNS ( KEEPFILTERS ( ALLSELECTED ( 'cetdata'[YEAR] ) ), "Estimate[X]", 'cetdata'[YEAR], "Estimate[Y]", [Estimated] ) VAR First = TOPN ( 1, Estimate, Estimate[X], ASC ) RETURN MINX ( First, Estimate[Y] )

Ending Temperature = VAR Estimate = SELECTCOLUMNS ( KEEPFILTERS ( ALLSELECTED ( 'cetdata'[YEAR] ) ), "Estimate[X]", 'cetdata'[YEAR], "Estimate[Y]", [Estimated] ) VAR Last = TOPN ( 1, Estimate, Estimate[X], DESC ) RETURN MAXX ( Last, Estimate[Y] )

Temperature Difference = [Ending Temperature] - [Starting Temperature]

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11-29-2017
05:43 AM

Dear Daniil

Thank you very much--all working perfectly now. KEEPFILTERS did the trick.I have really learned a lot! I have now ordered the SQLBI book.

One strange thing however,The [Estimated] measure which is your Simple linear Regression measure produces a total if displayed in a table. I do not quite understand this.

Best Regards

and thanks again

Tony

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12-01-2017
07:56 PM

@tonymaclaren, it is likely that at the grand total level what you see is not a total, but the Intercept. This is because the following expression evaluates to Intercept:

Intercept + Slope * SELECTEDVALUE ( 'cetdata'[YEAR] )

At the grant total level, there is usually more than one 'cetdata'[YEAR], hence SELECTEDVALUE ( 'cetdata'[YEAR] ) returns BLANK, turning the multiplication into BLANK as well, leaving only Intercept.

I updated my blog post to deal with this kind of situations.

@Anonymous, glad you found this useful!

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12-02-2017
02:26 AM

Dar Daniil

Thanks for the explanation.The same value also appears at the top of the [Estimated] measure, but only if the whole of the data for ('Ctedata'[YEAR])is displayed. is there a modification to eliminate this?

Tony

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12-02-2017
03:20 AM

Tony, it's a bit difficult to advise anything without seeing your report -- can you share a sample of your data?

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12-02-2017
04:27 AM

Hi Daniil

Sure, no problem.What would you like me to supply and how.The full dataset is for 391 years.

Tony

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12-02-2017
05:34 AM

Wow, 391 years of data sounds exciting 🙂 If you could reduce your data to the minimum amount with which you could reproduce your formula problems, that would be great.

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12-02-2017
07:18 AM

Thanks Daniil

I have attached a subset of the file that exhibits the exact same problem using the following measure:

Estimated tony Data =

VAR Known =

FILTER (

SELECTCOLUMNS (

ALLSELECTED ( 'Tony_data'[YEAR] ),

"Known[X]", 'Tony_data'[YEAR],

"Known[Y]", [Averagetemp]

),

AND (

NOT ( ISBLANK ( Known[X] ) ),

NOT ( ISBLANK ( Known[Y] ) )

)

)

VAR Count_Items =

COUNTROWS ( Known )

VAR Sum_X =

SUMX ( Known, Known[X] )

VAR Sum_X2 =

SUMX ( Known, Known[X] ^ 2 )

VAR Sum_Y =

SUMX ( Known, Known[Y] )

VAR Sum_XY =

SUMX ( Known, Known[X] * Known[Y] )

VAR Average_X =

AVERAGEX ( Known, Known[X] )

VAR Average_Y =

AVERAGEX ( Known, Known[Y] )

VAR Slope =

DIVIDE (

Count_Items * Sum_XY - Sum_X * Sum_Y,

Count_Items * Sum_X2 - Sum_X ^ 2

)

VAR Intercept =

Average_Y - Slope * Average_X

RETURN

Intercept + Slope * SELECTEDVALUE ( 'Tony_data'[YEAR])

Averagetemp = SUM(Tony_data[AverageTemperature])

Tony

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12-02-2017
01:56 PM

Tony, I can't reproduce the problem, unfortunately. Can you please attach a pbix file and screenshots with the problem highlighted?

Also, have you followed my updated blog post? I don't use SELECTEDVALUE anymore: https://xxlbi.com/blog/simple-linear-regression-in-dax/

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05-08-2018
07:58 AM

Thanks for the measure Daniil, it is extremely helpful.

I am attempting to apply it to a forecasting problem that is relatively simple in excel, but is causing some trouble for me with Dax/PowerBI. I have 19 different categories that I need to run the regression on, and then I need to sum those categories for use on further regressions. Could your measure be modified to accomplish this or do I need to create 19 different measures?

Thanks for any help you could provide.

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09-03-2019
04:45 PM

I reckon DAX might be cumbersome for this. You can consider installing python in Power BI to generate a linear model for your analysis. @jwjwjwjwjw