As most of you know I am a fan of Einstein Analytics’ compare tables, which is why this is not the first blog on the topic. In all honesty they really are powerful as you do not need to know SAQL or touch JSON in order to utilize their power; there are even out of the box calculations you can leverage. I’ve used most of them but for a long time I looked at “sliding window” and secretly thought to myself what is the use case? Well, think of it as rolling aggregation.
The use case I’ll go through is to see the sum of the amount for the past 4 months per month. Meaning for each month I want to see what the sum of amount has been for the past 4 months.
Compare Table basics
So I have my dashboard ready with just a container and a title.
The very first thing to do is of course create a new step. So click on the blue button to get started with that and choose your dataset; I’ve chosen an opportunity dataset.
In the step I want to do two things; change the measure to Sum of Amount and change the grouping to Close Date Year-Month.
Next, we need to change the step to be powered by a compare table. So click the table mode in the top right corner and choose “Compare Table”.
Finally, we just need to clone the Sum of Amount column to be ready for the compare table magic. So next to your measure click the arrow down and choose “Clone Column”.
Compare Table Magic
With the basic settled it’s time to add the rolling aggregation to the table. Remember we want to see the result for the last 4 months on a monthly basis. If you are still a little lost bear with me, it should all make sense in the end.
Clicking on the arrow next to the latter Sum of Amount choose “Edit this Column”.
We now have two columns; column A and column B. Column A will represent the acutal Sum of Amount for that month and column B will contain our calculation.
The very first thing I want to do is rename my B column to “Total Amount Last 4 Months”. In stead of writing my own formula I will choose one of the predefined. So click f(x) and choose “Sliding Window”.
Now let’s take a moment to explain what you are seeing.
- Column represents the measure you want to do your calculation on.
- Function represents the type of calculation you want to do; average, sum, min, max.
- Start means from the current row (also know as row 0) where do you want to start your calculation. If you choose -1 the calculation will start from the row before. If you choose 1 it will start with the row just after.
- End similarly to the start just means which row from row 0 should be the last row to be included in the calculation.
- Reset group is a function you can use if you have multiple groupings. It allows you to reset the calculation for each group. But we won’t use that as we only have one grouping, hence the only selection option is “None”.
As we want to do rolling aggregation I will change the function from “Average” to “Sum”. Further as we are looking to see the result for a 4 month period per month I will set the start row to “-4” and keep “0” as the end row. Remember to click “Apply”.
Looking at the first row it has the same result in column A and B. The reason for this is that there are no minus rows, there are no previous results to sum. The second row sum up row one and two as this is the only results available. However, when you look at 2015-12 it sums up the results for the past 4 months as we wanted.
Now click “Close”. Before we go back to the dashboard we just want to hide column A. So next the “Sum of Amount” click the arrow and choose “Hide”.
Now we can go ahead and click “Done”. The step is now ready to be added to the dashboard. Instead of simply dragging your new step onto the canvas, first drag a chart widget to the canvas.
Once done you can drag your step onto the chart widget. You can choose the graph that best decribes your data and modify the settings. I’ve choosen a timeline but also the bar chart or line chart would work in my eyes.
But that’s all it takes. Hope you can see some interesting use cases for this build in function in the compare table.