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Number-specific query editing tools

From the course: Excel Business Intelligence: Power Query

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  • Course details

    Microsoft Excel includes a powerful feature called Power Query—also known as Get & Transform or Get Data—which provides fast and powerful data gathering and cleansing capabilities. In this course—the first installment in the Excel Business Intelligence series—follow along with experienced Excel trainer Chris Dutton as he shows you the robust capabilities of Power Query. Chris kicks off the course by outlining the power Excel landscape and spelling out when to use business intelligence tools like Power Query, Power Pivot, and DAX. He then dives into Power Query, explaining how to leverage key query editing tools to connect and transform data. Learn about basic Power Query table transformations, text-specific query editing tools, how to merge and append queries, and more. Chris also shares best practices for working efficiently with Power Query.

    Instructor

    • Chris Dutton

      Chris Dutton

      Founder & COO, Maven Analytics
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      Chris Dutton is a certified Microsoft Excel Expert and analytics consultant.Chris has nearly a decade of experience working with Fortune 500 companies across automotive, retail, insurance, and travel verticals. He has developed award-winning business intelligence and data visualization tools, which have been featured by Microsoft, the New York Times, and the Society of American Baseball Research (SABR). As founder of Excel Maven, Chris has helped thousands of students learn how to use Excel as a dynamic and powerful analytics tool, and has developed personalized training programs for individuals, private groups, and businesses across the country. He graduated summa cum laude and received the Charles Bluhdorn Prize in Economics at Tufts University.

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  • Welcome

    - [Instructor] Okay, moving right along to the number specific tools, taking a look at the Transform tab in the Query Editor. Towards the end there you'll see this grouping of tools. These are our number tools. And we've got some interesting options in here. First, we've got Statics options. And these are aggregation style functions, like sum, minimum, maximum, average, count values, count distinct. And what's interesting about these is they evaluate these functions for an entire selected column and return a single value. So, you can't use them to create a new column and you don't evaluate on a row-by-row basis. So, as you can probably guess, this isn't really helpful when it comes to shaping or transforming data or prepping it for loading. But it is helpful to explore and better understand the data that you're working with. Next up, we've got Standard Options. So these are other statistical operations and calculations. You've got the basic standard ones, like addition…

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