Beast Mode Case Statement Help

For some reason this CASE statement will not validate. I have all the required parts. `PayTotal` and `PayTargetWeek` are both number values and I want this field to return a character string.

 

case when (sum(`PayTotal`) / `PayTargetWeek`) <= -.05 then 'Under Target'
when (sum(`PayTotal`) / `PayTargetWeek`) >= -.049 and <= .05 then 'On Target'
when (sum(`PayTotal`) / `PayTargetWeek`) >= .051 then 'Above Target'
else 'Not Sure'
end

Best Answers

  • cbishop
    Accepted Answer

    I also tried writing it this way but again...it will *not* resolve/validate.

    case when (sum(`PayTotal`) / (CASE when `PayTargetWeek` = 0 then 1 end)) <= -.05 then 'Under Target'
    when (sum(`PayTotal`) / (CASE when `PayTargetWeek` = 0 then 1 end)) >= -.049 and <= .05 then 'On Target'
    when (sum(`PayTotal`) / (CASE when `PayTargetWeek` = 0 then 1 end)) >= .051 then 'Above Target'
    else 'Not Sure'
    end

  • AS
    AS 🔵
    Accepted Answer

    Hi Chad

    Generally speaking, beast modes with aggregations within case statements are pretty tricky. 

     

    Why are you summing PayTotal but not aggregating PayTargetWeek?  What your beast mode is doing is adding up a bunch of rows to get the sum of PayTotal, but then comparing the aggregation against a single row's PayTargetWeek value.  Comparing aggregates against single rows does not usually work like you want or expect.  Is PayTargetWeek the same value for every row that PayTotal is being summed on? Like, a single row of data has an individual PayTotal for a day or person or something but then it also has a wider PayTargetWeek value, that's not the same granularity?  You can get around that by averaging your PayTargetWeek value in the denominator (assuming different granularities)

     

    Also, you are missing something in your second comparison.  Each comparison needs two values.  Your "<= .05" comparison lacks the first value.  The aggregation can't carry over.  You'll have to compute that aggregation fully in each comparison.

     

    In addition, there might be values between -.05 and -.049, or .05 and .051, so your would need to adjust the operators to leave no gaps.  This won't make your beast mode validate, but it makes the results more usable.

     

    Try this and see what happens:

     

    case

    when sum(`PayTotal`) / AVG(`PayTargetWeek`) <= -.05 then 'Under Target'
    when sum(`PayTotal`) / AVG(`PayTargetWeek`) > -.05 and sum(`PayTotal`) / AVG(`PayTargetWeek`) <= .05 then 'On Target'
    when sum(`PayTotal`) / AVG(`PayTargetWeek`) > .05 then 'Above Target'
    else 'Not Sure'
    end

  • cbishop
    Accepted Answer

    By the time I opened this thread, SUM(`PayTotal`) was just a troubleshooting-itteration of the case() statement I was trying to make work. 

    I took your suggestion and modified it slightly to:

    case
    when `PayTotal` / `PayTargetWeek` <= -.05 then 'Under Target'
    when `PayTotal` / `PayTargetWeek` > -.05 and `PayTotal` / `PayTargetWeek` <= .05 then 'On Target'
    when `PayTotal` / `PayTargetWeek` > .05 then 'Above Target'
    else 'Not Sure'
    end

    I did this becuase ultimately I didn't need to SUM(`PayTotal`). I removed the AVG() from PayTargetWeek as well. 

    In the end, the error that was causing the BeastMode to fail validation was the second evalaution in the case, "when `PayTotal` / `PayTargetWeek` > -.05 and `PayTotal` / `PayTargetWeek` <= .05 then 'On Target' ". Once I added this, Validation Passed. 

    Thank you all for the assist and explanations.  

Answers

  • You'll need to add a check for divide by 0 possibility. 

     

    Try this:

     

    CASE WHEN `PayTargetWeek` = 0 THEN 1 ELSE

        case when (sum(`PayTotal`) / `PayTargetWeek`) <= -.05 then 'Under Target'
        when (sum(`PayTotal`) / `PayTargetWeek`) >= -.049 and <= .05 then 'On Target'
        when (sum(`PayTotal`) / `PayTargetWeek`) >= .051 then 'Above Target'
        else 'Not Sure'
        end

    END

     

    Hopefully that should work for you.


    Sincerely,

    Colt

     

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  • Thanks for the quick response...however, this will still *not* resolve.

    CASE when `PayTargetWeek` = 0 then 1 ELSE
    case when (sum(`PayTotal`) / `PayTargetWeek`) <= -.05 then 'Under Target'
    when (sum(`PayTotal`) / `PayTargetWeek`) >= -.049 and <= .05 then 'On Target'
    when (sum(`PayTotal`) / `PayTargetWeek`) >= .051 then 'Above Target'
    else 'Not Sure'
    end
    END