Best Way to Represent Dates as Columns in Table
First time I've come across a requirement like this. The goal is to see each month and have a calculation of the variance %increase or %decrease for that month and highlight them when it's a certain amount. The table view isn't necessarilly a requirement but the series contains over 200 records so i'm finding it hard to represent that in anything but a table, but even with the table i can't figure out the best way to get the dates across the top by month. Another problem this introduces is color rules. If I want to highlight any value over say +- 50% I can't because you choose a field, and choose color logic. I would have to have as many color rules as I do months of data (since each date might be its own column grouped monthly).
I tried experimenting with uncollapse columns but I don't want to have to define dates until the end of time as the value for a new column. Thoughts? See the attached small excerpt to see how it looks in Excel. Again, the "Account 1,2 3" is currently over 200 unique ones
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Have you tried using a Sumo card? That is really the best way to pivot data in a visualization right now.
I ran into this issue in the opposite direction. I had a data set with the months listed as separate columns and I needed a flat file.
I was able to find a dynamic SQL statement to collapse the columns regardless of how many dates there were. Dynamic SQL is outside of my comfort zone, but I will share the code with you here to see if you can use it to help you "pivot" or uncollapse your data.
GROUP_CONCAT(CONCAT('Select `Product Type`,',
' AS `Date`, ',
'` as `Revenue`',
SEPARATOR ' UNION ALL ') AS product_info
TABLE_NAME = 'original'
AND COLUMN_NAME NOT IN ('Product Type');
CREATE PROCEDURE transpose()
SELECT product_info into @sql2 FROM for_transpose;
SET @str=concat('create table products as ',@sql2);
PREPARE q from @str;
STR_TO_DATE(REPLACE(`Date`, '/', ' '), '%m %d %Y') AS `Date`,
ROUND(`Revenue`, 2) AS `Revenue`
ORDER BY `Product Type` , `Date`
These steps essentially do the opposite of what you are looking for, but perhaps they will help you get to your answer.
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