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robert_mika
Master III
Master III

How to use- Dual()

Last Update:

Mar 6, 2015 9:07:44 AM

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robert_mika

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Mar 6, 2015 9:07:44 AM

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Have you ever wonder how the examples from the Qlikview help may look like?

Please see below and enjoy responsibly...

Dual()

Definition:

Forced association of an arbitrary string representation s with a given number representation x. In QlikView, when several data items read into one field have different string representations but the same valid number representation, they will all share the first string representation encountered. The dual function is typically used early in the script, before other data is read into the field concerned, in order to create that first string representation, which will be shown in list boxes etc.


Syntax:

where

text - this is first column of data

number- this is second column of data

Qlikview has specific way of storing data. Each field is represented by Text and Number data type called dual.

The Text format is visible to user and the Number is being used for calculation and sorting.


                    You can imagine that each field has top Text layer and bottom

                    (like salad in your Hamburger) Number layer.



This association works most of the time and for most of the data type but there are situation that we need to force this association to work the way we want.

Preparation

Remember ligtbulb.jpg

  • To use the script below the csv file must be saved in the same folder that your qvd file


Qlik help  example contains two tables: inline and from csv file(sample attached)

load dual ( string,numrep ) as DayOfWeek inline

[ string,numrep

Monday,0

Tuesday,1

Wednesday,2

Thursday,3

Friday,4

Saturday,5

Sunday,6 ];


Directory;

LOAD Date,

    Sales

FROM

afile.csv

(txt, codepage is 1252, embedded labels, delimiter is ',', msq);

//The last line  is not part of Qlikview help but you have to have this line to correctly load data into Qlikview


after Reload we have:

As you probably know when Values are on the left hand side they represent Text when on the right Number.

So why we have Text on the right?

In the background (during load) the numbers have been associated  with the text.

So what you see is the bun what you do not is the underlay salad:

Practical use:

Example 1

The simple but maybe not the most

useful calculation

is to add Days of the week from our data

=sum(DayOfWeek)

Example 2

Counting days of the week:

Example 3

(please use attached xlsx file and below Script)

A survey has been conducted and the data in Excel file looks like this:

What we want is to assign more meaningful description to the rate numbers.

Script:

Data:

mapping load * Inline

[ Rate,Value

Very Good,5

Good,4

Average,3

Bad,2

Very Bad,1

]

;

Sort:

load

Responds,

dual(Rate,ApplyMap('Data',Rate)) as Rate

FROM

Survey.xlsx

(ooxml, embedded labels, table is Sheet1);

Now we can create Straight Table or bar Bar Chart:

This function can be use in many different ways.Please research our community to find more examples.

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How to use- Dual()

Comments
mithilesh17
Partner - Creator II
Partner - Creator II
liked the interpretation in terms of top Text layer ( Hamburger ) and bottom Number layer ( salad ). Queries clarified instantly. very good post!
ziadm
Specialist
Specialist

This is a very powerfull function that I think that would solve many problems

Thanks

Anonymous
Not applicable

Thanks. What about performance, which case uses less memory and is faster for calculations: two fields day_name and day_id or one dual field dayOfWeek?

Not applicable

thanks!

robert_mika
Master III
Master III

You are welcome

Anonymous
Not applicable

it's very useful

techvarun
Specialist II
Specialist II

One of the best function of qlikview especially when dealing with Automation or Replication of reports.

Thanks for the beautiful representation

mjtaft2017
Partner - Creator
Partner - Creator

perfect explanation - works for qlik sense also.  I love the way you break it down and provide examples.  Very helpful indeed.

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