Filter is removing nulls plus specified value

NateBI Member
edited February 2023 in Charting

Hi All,


I am using a Magic ETL filter with:

  • level = 2
  • status = 'Blue'

The filter is removing 'Null' values in the status field as well as the Blues. What's the potential cause here?


Both fields are string dtypes (abc)

I've tried:

  • level = 2 AND status <> blue -- in one formula
  • status NOT IN('Blue')
  • Creating another filter transformation -- same issue

All responses appreciated

Kind regards,


  • RobSomers

    @NateBI Nulls don't play well with logical operators. Null isn't the same thing as nothing, it really means that the value is unknown. Is null blue? SQL doesn't know so it treats it as if it meets the condition.

    You can use a formula rule to get around this:

    IFNULL('status','') = 'Blue'

    This will replace your NULL value with a blank which it can evaluate in the comparison.

    Alternatively, you could use the formula:

    'status' = 'Blue' or 'status' IS NULL

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  • NateBI
    NateBI Member
    edited February 2023

    Hi @RobSomers thank you for this -- this concept worked I just adapted it to filter out the Blues but keep NULLs with :