SSAS - tabular | Measures exercise | Using CALCULATE to split purchases into cheap and expensive

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Software ==> SSAS - tabular  (30 exercises)
Version ==> SSAS 2012 and later
Topic ==> Measures  (3 exercises)
Level ==> Relatively easy
Subject ==> SSAS training
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  1. Go into SQL Server Management Studio;
  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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If you haven't already done so, create a new project called BaseModel, and import the following tables: Centre, CentreType, Environment, Family, Habitat, Product, Purchase, Region and Town

Delete any existing measures from your model, and create one to show the sum of the quantity of goods sold, to show in a pivot table:

Measure summing quantity

Make sure you apply formatting to your measure too.  Here we're showing the total quantity sold by family name.


Now use the CALCULATE function to create two measures as follows:

Name What it does
Cheap Shows the sum of quantity sold where the price of the purchase is £10 or less.
Expensive Shows the sum of the quantity sold where the purchase price is more than £10.

Use these to show the following pivot table:

Cheap and expensive sales

The figures shown here are by family, but they will remain correct whatever combination of slicers, row and column fields you choose to display.


Save your workbook as Pricey mammals then close it down.

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