# I am trying to build a beast mode that compares Quarter over Quarter.

This is the formula I am using but it keeps telling me  Invalid Formula : This calculation contained a syntax error.

These are my headers:

The first part is how I got QTR Lbs. I would like to compare the differences Quarter over Quarter and then format it in percentage.

I am not sure what the error is.

(SUM((CASE WHEN ((YEAR(`StartDate`)=YEAR(CURRENT_DATE())) AND (QUARTER(`StartDate`)=QUARTER(CURRENT_DATE()))) THEN `LBS` ELSE 0 END )) and

(case

when right(`CurrentMonth`,2)-0 = '1' then 'Q01'

when right(`CurrentMonth`,2)-0 = '2' then 'Q01'

when right(`CurrentMonth`,2)-0 = '3' then 'Q01'

when right(`CurrentMonth`,2)-0 = '4' then 'Q02'

when right(`CurrentMonth`,2)-0 = '5' then 'Q02'

when right(`CurrentMonth`,2)-0 = '6' then 'Q02'

when right(`CurrentMonth`,2)-0 = '7' then 'Q03'

when right(`CurrentMonth`,2)-0 = '8' then 'Q03'

when right(`CurrentMonth`,2)-0 = '9' then 'Q03'

when right(`CurrentMonth`,2)-0 = '10' then 'Q04'

when right(`CurrentMonth`,2)-0 = '11' then 'Q04'

when right(`CurrentMonth`,2)-0 = '12' then 'Q04'

else 'Other' end))

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(SUM((CASE WHEN ((YEAR(`StartDate`)=YEAR(CURRENT_DATE())) AND (QUARTER(`StartDate`)=QUARTER(CURRENT_DATE()))) THEN `LBS` ELSE 0 END )) and

(case

when right(`CurrentMonth`,2)-0 = '1' then 'Q01'

when right(`CurrentMonth`,2)-0 = '2' then 'Q01'

when right(`CurrentMonth`,2)-0 = '3' then 'Q01'

when right(`CurrentMonth`,2)-0 = '4' then 'Q02'

when right(`CurrentMonth`,2)-0 = '5' then 'Q02'

when right(`CurrentMonth`,2)-0 = '6' then 'Q02'

when right(`CurrentMonth`,2)-0 = '7' then 'Q03'

when right(`CurrentMonth`,2)-0 = '8' then 'Q03'

when right(`CurrentMonth`,2)-0 = '9' then 'Q03'

when right(`CurrentMonth`,2)-0 = '10' then 'Q04'

when right(`CurrentMonth`,2)-0 = '11' then 'Q04'

when right(`CurrentMonth`,2)-0 = '12' then 'Q04'

else 'Other' end))

/

(SUM((CASE WHEN ((YEAR(`StartDate`)=YEAR(CURRENT_DATE())) AND (QUARTER(`StartDate`)=QUARTER(CURRENT_DATE()))) THEN `LBS` ELSE 0 END )) and

(case

when right(`CurrentMonth`,2)-0 = '1' then 'Q01'

when right(`CurrentMonth`,2)-0 = '2' then 'Q01'

when right(`CurrentMonth`,2)-0 = '3' then 'Q01'

when right(`CurrentMonth`,2)-0 = '4' then 'Q02'

when right(`CurrentMonth`,2)-0 = '5' then 'Q02'

when right(`CurrentMonth`,2)-0 = '6' then 'Q02'

when right(`CurrentMonth`,2)-0 = '7' then 'Q03'

when right(`CurrentMonth`,2)-0 = '8' then 'Q03'

when right(`CurrentMonth`,2)-0 = '9' then 'Q03'

when right(`CurrentMonth`,2)-0 = '10' then 'Q04'

when right(`CurrentMonth`,2)-0 = '11' then 'Q04'

when right(`CurrentMonth`,2)-0 = '12' then 'Q04'

else 'Other' end))

## Answers

• Coach

Hi @Rvannoy

What is this section of code doing?

```and

(case

when right(`CurrentMonth`,2)-0 = '1' then 'Q01'

when right(`CurrentMonth`,2)-0 = '2' then 'Q01'

when right(`CurrentMonth`,2)-0 = '3' then 'Q01'

when right(`CurrentMonth`,2)-0 = '4' then 'Q02'

when right(`CurrentMonth`,2)-0 = '5' then 'Q02'

when right(`CurrentMonth`,2)-0 = '6' then 'Q02'

when right(`CurrentMonth`,2)-0 = '7' then 'Q03'

when right(`CurrentMonth`,2)-0 = '8' then 'Q03'

when right(`CurrentMonth`,2)-0 = '9' then 'Q03'

when right(`CurrentMonth`,2)-0 = '10' then 'Q04'

when right(`CurrentMonth`,2)-0 = '11' then 'Q04'

when right(`CurrentMonth`,2)-0 = '12' then 'Q04'

else 'Other' end))

```

You're returning a string but not comparing it to anything and subtracting that value from a number. Can this section be removed?

Typically when I'm running into errors I'll take out sections of my beast mode until it works (or inversely start basic and keep adding to it to see when it errors). Domo beast mode errors aren't very helpful sadly.

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• Coach

It looks as though you are trying to sum the lbs field with the string values: Q01, Q02, etc. You can't sum string values. That is probably where you error is occurring.

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• That coding is telling it what quarter return (Q1, Q2, ect...).

I have tried it with and without this particular string. I will keep working at it.

• Coach

Right now, you have it coded as a string. If your datasets has columns called Q1, Q2, etc. then you could have those in your case statement, but you need to fix that in your statement so it is actually referencing those fields. If Q1, Q2 are calculations, you would need the actual calculation in your case statement.

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• Coach

To simplify your approach I'd recommend using a date offset dimension dataset and utilizing that to calculate period over period calculations. I did a whole writeup of it here: https://dojo.domo.com/discussion/53481/a-more-flexible-way-to-do-period-over-period-comparisons#latest

If you would like to continue down your beast mode route I recommend breaking up your beast mode into the current value and the last year value and plot them on a table graph to make sure they're calculating correctly, if that's the case then go ahead and create a new beast mode to then drag and drop your current value and last quarter value beast modes in with the format:

```(
CURRENT
-
LAST
)
/
LAST﻿
```
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