About calculated fields
Calculated fields let you create new metrics and dimensions in your data source that perform arithmetic, apply mathematical formulae, extract or transform text, or return new information based on logical comparisons. You can use the new dimensions and metrics in charts and controls, just like regular fields.In this article:
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How calculated fields work
Calculated fields appear as new fields in your data source. If the result of the formula is an aggregated number of some kind, the new field is a metric. If the end result is a string (text), a date, or an unaggregated number, the new field is a dimension.
You can use a calculated field in charts and controls, just like other fields. You can also include a calculated field in another calculated field.
A calculated field adds a new column to your data. How this new data displays depends on how you use it in your reports. The example in the screenshot above creates a new Total field that multiplies the quantity sold field (Qty Sold) by the unit price field (Price). When used in a table, the calculated Total field shows the product of that multiplication for each row.
Example of using a calculated field in a table.
When used in scorecard, the Total field displays the sum of the products for all rows in which quantity is multiplied by price.
Example of using a calculated field in a scorecard.
Just like normal fields, calculated fields are subject to any filters or date ranges in effect in the report.
What you can do with calculated fields
Calculated fields let you do the following kinds of things.
Do basic math with numeric fields
You can do simple arithmetic calculations using the normal operators:
- Addition: +
- Subtraction: -
- Division: /
- Multiplication: *
You can construct calculated field using any of the operators above in combination with static numeric values and unaggregated numeric fields from your data source. Use parentheses to force calculation order.
Users / New Users
(Price * Quantity) * .085
Apply functions to calculated fields
Functions let you create more advanced calculated fields. Data Studio supports the following kinds of functions:
- Aggregation functions perform calculations over multiple rows of your data. Examples include SUM(), AVG(), MIN(), MAX().
- Arithmetic functions apply advanced mathematical calculations to your data. Examples include LOG(), POWER(), ROUND().
- Date functions let you manipulate and transform time data. Examples include TODATE(), DATE_DIFF(), YEAR().
- Geo functions let you transform geographic location data. Examples include TOCITY(), TOCOUNTRY(), TOREGION().
- Text functions let you manipulate string data. Examples include CONCAT(), REGEXP_MATCH(), SUBSTR().
Date functions assume UTC as their timezone. Date functions can optionally take either an input or output (or both) format string.
- 'BASIC' - Supported format YYYY/MM/DD-HH:MM:SS
- 'DEFAULT_DASH' - Supported format YYYY-MM-DD [HH:MM:SS[.uuuuuu]]
- 'DEFAULT_SLASH' - Supported format YYYY/MM/DD [HH:MM:SS[.uuuuuu]]
- 'DEFAULT_DECIMAL' - Supported format YYYYMMDD [HH:MM:SS[.uuuuuu]]
- 'RFC_1123' - Sample format: Sat, 24 May 2008 20:09:47 GMT
- 'RFC_3339' - Sample format: 2008-05-24T20:09:47Z
- 'SECONDS' - Seconds since epoch
- 'MILLIS' - Millis since epoch
- 'MICROS' - Micros since epoch
- 'NANOS' - Nanos since epoch
- 'JULIAN_DATE' - Days since epoch
- 'DECIMAL_DATE' - Same as 'DEFAULT_DECIMAL'
- Any valid strptime format as string
Geo functions require a supported geo code as input.
Geo input codes
The valid geo codes are defined here:
The input code is optional if the field expression is a derived column already containing semantic geo information; otherwise it is required.
Use branching logic in calculated fields
CASE statements let you perform branching "if/then/else" style logic in your calculated fields. For example, the following
CASE formula categorizes countries into regions:
CASE WHEN Country IN ("USA","Canada","Mexico") THEN "North America" WHEN Country IN ("England","France") THEN "Europe" ELSE "Other" END
Just like regular fields, calculated fields have a specific semantic data type. For example, if your calculated field uses arithmetic or aggregation functions, the calculated field's data type is Number. If the calculated field uses a text function, the data type is Text.
Most date functions return a Number, except for the
TODATE function, which returns a Date type.
You can change the data type of your calculated fields using the Type drop-down menu in the data source editor.
A field's aggregation determines how it is summarized in your reports. Data Studio tries to assign the most appropriate aggregation to a calculated field. For certain functions, the aggregation is implicit: e.g.,
SUM. In this case, the aggregation is set to
Auto and cannot be changed. For other functions, you can specify the aggregation type using the Aggregation drop-down menu.