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Power BI Blog: New DAX Function MATCHBY

10 August 2023

Welcome back to this week’s edition of the Power BI blog series.  This week, we look at a new DAX function available in Power BI: MATCHBY.

There is a new DAX function in town: MATCHBY.  When used within any window function, this function defines the columns that are used to determine how to match data and identify the current row.  (A window function performs a calculation across a set of table rows that are somehow related to the current row.  This is comparable to the type of calculation that can be done with an aggregate function.)

For example, below is a query that returns FactInternetSales with an added column, which indicates, for each sale, the previous sales amount in descending order of sales from the same product.  Using MATCHBY, we’re able to indicate that current sales should be identified by the SalesOrderNumber and SalesOrderLineNumber.  Without MATCHBY, the query would return an error since there are no key columns in FactInternetSales table.

"Previous Sales Amount",
ORDERBY ( FactInternetSales[SalesAmount], DESC ),
PARTITIONBY ( FactInternetSales[ProductKey] ),
MATCHBY( FactInternetSales[SalesOrderNumber], FactInternetSales[SalesOrderLineNumber] )

This function can be used within windows functions only. 


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