Exercise: Use the VALUES function to exclude a single animal

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Category ==> Power BI - Excel 2016  (23 exercises)
Topic ==> More advanced DAX functions  (2 exercises)
Level ==> Average difficulty
Course ==> PowerPivot / Excel Power BI
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  2. Open the SQL file you've just unzipped (you can press CTRL + O to do this); then
  3. Execute this script.

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Create a new workbook, and import the tblPurchase and tblProduct tables into a PowerPivot data model.

Create a measure called NotAnOtter in the purchases table to show total quantity sold for all purchases where the animal name isn't Otter.  Here's what you might get when you show this:

No otters

Initially all the figures might look the same.


Solve the problem (that the measure shows the same value for each row) by including the VALUES function in your measure to get:

Not otters

The two columns should now give the same values for everything but otters.


If you'd already done this, you can just look smug!

Save this workbook as Otter Spotter, then close it down. 

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