Row vs Filter Context in PowerBI

Gaining an understanding of Row and Filter Context is among the most difficult challenges facing a new DAX author. Just when you think you’ve got it, a problem arises and your hard-won mental model seems to crumble before your eye. For a new author this is particularly tricky in that virtually everything beyond the most trivial measures relies heavily on these concepts; forcing most new folks to resort to memorizing patterns until that mental model develops naturally.

In this video, we’re going to attempt to jumpstart that process. This isn’t a strict technical definition (I simplify a few things), but rather a beginner friendly mental model designed to get you up and running with DAX while still giving you a solid sense of what’s happening under the hood.

BTW, I squeeze a lot of data on this page; so, unlike most of my videos you’re going to want to watch this one in full 1080 (look for the gear at the bottom right of the YouTube player), preferably on a decent sized monitor.

Happy Reporting!

Brian Grant

Brian Grant

Brian Grant is a masterful Senior Analytics Consultant by day, and a Power BI legend by night. A passion for Power BI drove him to holistically master the tool from all three perspectives: M, DAX, and the visualization layer. Brian is a constant teacher who leads Power BI training sessions, while sharing his wealth of expertise through video and blogging resources.
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