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## simple expressions

I have a pivot table with three expressions.  I would like to sum together the result of these three expressions into a new 4th expression.  Is there a way to pull the results from the first three into the new expression, or do i just have to replicate the first three computations inside the new expression?

for example:

A+B=C

X-Y=D

K(5)/X=M

I would like to learn how to write an expression C+D+M.

Or is there a better way to get it into the pivot table other than an expression?  Be gentle I am just an accountant.  I see some of the questions some of you post and it looks like hieroglyphs.....and very impressive ones at that.

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## Re: simple expressions

Matt,

In first place, if your expression label has special characters (in this case, the space in Total Value), you must use []

In second place, you can't use Sum([Total Value]), because [Total Values] is only a value, the result of the expression in this cell of the table. You only can use the label (or column()) in arithmetic operations, or with OTHER expression.

For Example: [Total Value] + Avg(Tax)

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## Re: simple expressions

Hi john,

You must put a Label of each expression. Then, in fourth expression, use the names:

Expression1: Sum(field1)

Expression2: Avg(field2)

Expression3: Count(field3)

Expression4: (Expression1/Expression2)+Expression3

Remind to use exactly the same labels.

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## Re: simple expressions

use column(1)+column(2)+column(3)

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## Re: simple expressions

Use the names. If you change the expression order, you will must modify the expression4

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## Re: simple expressions

Hi John,

Follow Sebastian suggestion. Give particular name to each expression and just use that name in the 4th expression like

Exp1+Exp2+EXP3. If you use Column then if you change the order it will reflect in the result of 4th expression.

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## Re: simple expressions

Still having difficulty (probably missing something very basic)

Expression1 label is Total Value and definition is   Sum ([Value])

when I try to add the expression (exactly as it reads here):           Total Value + Overhead           there is no result.  It does not indicate an error or bad field name, just returns a result of "-"  (the correct result should be a positive whole number).

I tried a simpler formulae to troubleshoot

if I add the expression      sum ('Total Value')     to try to see if I could just pull in the result from just the first expression, it returns a zero. By adding quotes to the label it changed the result from a "-" to a zero, but still not the correct positive number.

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## Re: simple expressions

use coloumn function

i.e coloumn(1)+coloumn(2)+coloumn(3)

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## Re: simple expressions

I'm sorry I am not able to get that to work either.....just returns "-"

I feel like I am getting the syntax wrong by omitting a [ or ' or some other little thing

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## Re: simple expressions

Here is an example of what srikanthsri1 suggested. Using the columns expression is easiest - I can never seem to get the titles to work right but maybe that's just me.

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## Re: simple expressions

Success with the column expression.  I would rather use the expression labels so I don't have to change the expression if i move columns......but for now I am tired of messing with it.

Thank you VERY much for sending the test file.   That made all the difference.