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Power Pivot Principles: The A to Z of DAX Functions – ACOS

22 June 2021

In our long-established Power Pivot Principles articles, we are starting a new series on the A to Z of Data Analysis eXpression (DAX) functions. This week it’s ACOS with no lettuce in sight…

The ACOS function

The ACOS function returns the arccosine, or inverse cosine, of a given number.

The arccosine is the angle whose cosine is number. The returned angle is given in radians in the range zero [0] to pi.

The syntax is very simple, even if the principle is a little tangential (get it?):


There is only one [1] argument:

  • number – The cosine of the angle you want and must be in the range minus one [-1] to one [1].

If you want to convert the result from radians to degrees, multiply it by 180/PI() or use the DEGREES function.

Please see my example below:


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