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Show text entries in the value area section of a Pivot Table after meeting certain conditions

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In the value area section of a normal Pivot Table one can only show the result of aggregation functions such as SUM(), COUNT(), AVERAGE() etc.  Even if one drags a text field to the value area section of a Pivot Table, one cannot show those text fields because they automatically get counted. Consider the following […]

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Compute Relative Size Factor per vendor

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Relative size factor (RSF) is a test to identify anomalies where the largest amount for subsets in a given key is outside the norm for those subsets. This test compares the top two amounts for each subset and calculates the RSF for each. In order to identify potential fraudulent activities in invoice payment data, one […]

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Determine the total number of projects by Status

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Here’s a simple 3 column table showing Date, Project name (Cat.) and Status of the project.  Each project can have multiple status entries on different dates.  So as you can observe, project “alpha_9383993” was In Progress on Oct 2, 2017, remained so on October 5, 2017 but was completed on October 6, 2017. Date Cat. […]

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Return the specific product which satisfies the user defined feature combination

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Here is a simple matrix like data layout which shows the features available in every product.  Let’s assume that this data is in range A2:E8 (including the header row) Functions Product A Product B Product C Product D Function 1 x Function 2 x x Function 3 x x x Function 4 x x Function […]

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Return best possible fit, to manually entered dimensions, with the intent to minimise wastage

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Refer to a simple 5 column representative inventory dataset of a Glass manufacturer: Model Length (MM) Wide (MM) Thk (MM) CAT HX9-G-ARD 1071 273 3.5 A MYP-G-3RD 580 535 3.2 B EPO-G-3RD 580 535 3.2 A MYG-G-3R 966 350 3.2 A MYN-G-3RD 649 530 3.2 A GM SPIN-G-3FD 882 395 3.2 A MY8-G-AR 880 400 3.5 B […]

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Extract City, State and Pin code from an address string

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For a lot of Excel users, a common problem is to extract City, State and Pin Code from an address string.  What compounds the issue is that there is no standardisation in an address string.  For e.g., one may end the address with a Pin code, while others may end it with a State and Country.  […]

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Show Slicer selection on a Graph

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Assume a simple Sales dataset from which a Pivot Table has been created.  The Pivot Table has been sliced by two columns of the dataset.  To represent data pictorially, a Pivot Chart has been created from this Pivot Table and the chart is placed on a separate worksheet (of the same workbook).  Now let’s say, a […]

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Perform different calculations in the Subtotal/Grand Total column of a Pivot Table

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Visualise a Pivot Table with a few Fields dragged in the Report filter, Row labels and Value Area section.  In the Column labels are two fields, Month and then Year – so in the column labels, for every month, there is data for three years 2005, 2006 and 2007.  For some months, there is data […]

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Story telling with Excel Power BI

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With Power Business Intelligence (BI) tools of Excel 2013, one can metamorphose raw data and/or results of complex calculations into stunning and interactive visualizations.  Power View (one of the four components of Power BI) allows one to create a PPT like flow in Excel thus allowing one to weave a story.  To be able to interact with/create visualizations, […]

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Perform an iterative sum of Top n values across multiple columns

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A tournament has 18 participating teams with 25 players in each team.  Each team has to play five rounds of the Tournament and not all players play all rounds.  Scores earned by each player in each round are shown in individual cells.  If a player does not play a round, that cell is left empty. The task […]

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