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Qlik's issue with basic calculations


I use the September 2017 version.

I found an  (funny?)  issue with basic calculations in Qlik Sense.

Let's assume:



result = $(a)/$(b)

Now it's time for the question - result is equal.....

Should be 0,25, right? (1 divided by 4)

Not for QlikSense! For QlikSense the results equals 4.

I started investigation how it's possible.

It seems that Qlik instead of this:

a) calculate a variable

b) calculate b variable

c) divide: a/b

Does this:

a) do not calculate a and b

b) copy raw formulas (from variables) to the result: result = 1 / 1 +3

c) calculate it right now..

So the result is 1/1 +3 = 1+3=4

Instead of 1/4...

Is this a known issue?

Are you (Qlik team) going to solve this problem? Maybe in the November 2017 version?

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15 Replies
Honored Contributor

Re: Qlik's issue with basic calculations

This is as intended, should you want the outcome to be 0.25 then use $(=a)/$(=b)

The Little Equals Sign

Valued Contributor II

Re: Qlik's issue with basic calculations


The Order of Operations:

"Parentheses, Exponents, Multiplication and Division, and Addition and Subtraction"

The Expression should be like = $(a)/($(b))

because you saved a and b values are in a string.

a 1

b 1+3

the calculation will be


first, it will divide 1/1 then it will do addition 3.

While creating variable b you can use = symbol it will calculate the value ( =1+3 ) (4)


Re: Qlik's issue with basic calculations


It's still 4.

The Little Equals Sign doesn't work here.



Re: Qlik's issue with basic calculations

1. It's not about the order of operations.

It's about the process of calculation in Qlik Sense.

2. If you have


and you have to multiply 2*x

what will you do?

2*(2+3) or 2*2+3

Of course the first answer is correct.

That's the logic of using variables/unknowns

The problem is that Qlik is using the second (wrong) way.

3.Using the equals sign in the definition of b variable is not a good choice.

Maybe in this example it doesn't change too much.

But - if the definition of "b" variable is more complex, the equals sign may have impact on the results of the "b" value.

4.  Of course, I can put everything into brackets, but I am not looking for "workaround".

This should works correctly as in other softwares, scripting/programming languages etc.

Honored Contributor

Re: Qlik's issue with basic calculations

My bad

Either change the variable definition to include the = sign


instead of


or use


In your expression


Re: Qlik's issue with basic calculations

Thanks - Finally, $(=$(b)) is working

So, instead of 3 characters a/b, I have to use 17 characters: $(=$(a))/$(=$(b))

Good that the syntax is so clear We need to add ONLY 8 x brackets, 4 x dollar signs and 2 x equals signs

Nice improvement Qlik

This is an example of incosistency.

$(a) returns 1, $(b) returns 4, $(a)/$(b) is wrong and returns 4

So you have to use $(=$(b)).

But $(=$(b)) doesn't work while you have definition with any field like b=[Field]+3


no comments

To be honest - this is the simplest example of using two variables.

If I have to use 17 characters to divide two variables (with 8 brackets!) what would happen if have to use 5 variables?

Please take a look at this simple calculation:


Fortunately, Qlik helps us with syntax highlighting



it doesn't help of course, there is still no good syntax highlighting

If this is intended... God help us

Contributor III

Re: Qlik's issue with basic calculations

I disagree that this is wrong.

When you do a dollar sign expansion you are substituting text exactly as it is written. So if I have

a = 2+3

b = 2 * $(a)

I SHOULD get 2 * 2 + 3 according to the rules of dollar sign expansion. This may not be what I intended (I might want 10 as my answer, and this will give me 7), but it is the consistent way that dollar sign expansions work. If you want 2+3 to be treated as a group, then use parentheses (2+3).

New Contributor

Re: Qlik's issue with basic calculations

I think it is correct.

1/1 + 3 = 1 + 3 = 4


Re: Qlik's issue with basic calculations

I understand the operation of $() expansion.

I said it wrong beacause it's illogical and unintuitive.

If you define:



The results of a/b will be:

in C# 0,25

in VBA 0,25

in JS 0,25

in Maths 0,25

and so on..

in Qlik it's 4, cause it doesn't calculate varaibles before using.

The way of using variables in Qlik is opposite to standards and logic.

And finnally it's ridiculous because to write correctly this simple expression:


you have to use 37 characters


and the expression is unreadable