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

6 February 2024

In our long-established Power Pivot Principles articles, we continue our series on the A to Z of Data Analysis eXpression (DAX) functions.  This week, we look at GENERATESERIES.



The GENERATESERIES function is a simple and useful function, but it is not yet compatible with Power Pivot.  Nonetheless, it’s still worthwhile to have a look at its functionality.  For this article, we will use Power BI to demonstrate the function.

The GENERATESERIES function generates a single column table containing the values of an arithmetic series (i.e. a sequence of values which differs from the preceding entry by a constant quantity).  It has the following syntax:    

GENERATESERIES(startValue, endValue[, incrementValue])

  • startValue: this is required and it is the initial value of the series
  • endValue: this is required and it is the end value of the series
  • incrementValue: this is optional and it is the increment value of the sequence; it must be a positive value; when not provided, the default value is one [1].

It should be noted that:

  • when endValue is less than startValue, an empty table is returned
  • incrementValue must be a positive value (see above)
  • the sequence stops at the last value that is less than or equal to endValue
  • the GENERATESERIES function is not compatible with Power Pivot and currently it is only compatible with Power BI, SSAS Tabular, Azure AS and SSDT
  • this function is not supported for use in DirectQuery mode when used in calculated columns or row-level security (RLS) rules.

Let’s look at a few examples.

The first example has a startValue of one [1] and an endValue of ten [10], with the incrementValue default to be one [1].  We thus obtain a single column with the series from one [1] to ten [10].

Let’s consider a second example:


This formula creates a series from one [1] to four [4] with each step being 0.5:

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