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Creator II
Creator II

qliksense set analysis


I am struck with set analysis. I know there are many post but not able to figure out

I want to calculate YTD

Sales Last fiscal year/ sales last YTD

I have a date column and have generated Fiscal calender also.

Please help

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Don't panic, set expressions seems difficult at first sight, but then you'll love working with them.

Let's suppose you have a date field (you don't have to create variables); only a date field will do the job.

And let's suppose you've created a calendar in your script so you have Year,Month, Quarter and Week fields

YTD: if we select 12/04/2016: YTD will return our measure from 01/01/2016 to 12/04/2016

How we do that?

Suppose our measure is : sum(Sales)

1)First changes: sum({<date=,Year=,Month=,Quarter=>}Sales)

We add these to force Qlik to not take into consideration our selection of date for example.

Let me explain in better words, if you don't write the "date=" and select the date 12/04/2016; Qlik will filter all the data to that selected point and then return the sum(Sales) for the day 12/04/2016.

To prohibit this, we must write the date=.

2) Second change: sum({<date=,Year=,Month=,Quarter=, date={">=$(=YearStart(Max(date)))<=$(=Max(date))"}>}Sales)

Let explain this : date={">=$(=YearStart(Max(date)))<=$(=Max(date))"}

We want to work from date=01/01/2016 to the selected date=12/04/2016 right?

So we're working with the field :

a) date={    }

b) Now we wanna this date to be <=selected date which is max(date) ;

max(date) is a function so it needs an "=" sign:


when we have a '=' we add the $ (before each calculation) : $(=max(date) ) => this is 12/04/2016

Now we add the <= so we'll have :  <=$(=max(date) )

for the second part, we want our date to be >=01/01/2016 which is the start of the year:

a) same approach, we use the YearStart function that returns the start of the selected year: >=$(=YearStart(Max(date)))

Now our expression is : from : date={    }

to : date={>=$(=YearStart(Max(date)))<=$(=Max(date))}

Now, in a set expression, if we wanna work with the year 2016 for example which is numeric: we call it without quotes:


If we wanna focus on a country, Tunisia for example which is a string: we call it with quotes


In our case, we focusing on a range of dates created by an expression, so we surround it by double quotes:


Final expression for YTD:

sum({<date=,Year=,Month=,Quarter=, date={">=$(=YearStart(Max(date)))<=$(=Max(date))"}>}Sales)

Same approach for MTD:

sum({<date=,Year=,Month=,Quarter=, date={">=$(=MonthStart(Max(date)))<=$(=Max(date))"}>}Sales)

Hope this helps,



could you attach a sample app with mock data showing what are you trying to achieve ?


Hi Avneet,

Make two indicators called _indLastFiscalYTD and _indLastYTD. Give them an 1 when it is YTD. Then add this formula.

Sum({$< _indLastFiscalYTD = {1} >} [Sales Last fiscal year]) / Sum({$< _indLastYTD = {1} >} [sales last YTD])

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Creator II
Creator II

Hi thanks for replying but I didn't get

_indLastFiscalYTD and _indLastYTD

Creator II
Creator II

Kindly find attached


You can do this for the YTD and make it also for the fiscal year.

let vYtdMmDd = date($(vToday),'MMDD');

if(date(Date,'MMDD')& ''<='$(vYtdMmDd)',1,0)      as  _indYTD,

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Creator II
Creator II

Thanks omar for explaining it but since I am using fiscal year i.e. 1st april