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Why Don't Metric Accounts Accept Time Modifiers?

This article includes suggestions and workarounds. Content may not be accurate for all use cases or represent best practices for the latest release. 

Question

Why is my metric account not evaluating correctly with a time modifier in the formula?

Answer

The time modifier [time=this-X] is specifically calculated relative to the current time period ("this" is the lowest time strata of the sheet in question). Metric accounts are designed to re-evaluate in roll-up periods, and in those cases something like "this-1" doesn't make sense in a rollup period ("this" could be a quarter or full year for some cells, when the lowest time strata is "month"). As a result, metric accounts do not support this form of time modifier and will drop the time modifiers when evaluating in time rollup periods.

As a workaround, you may want to create separate accounts on a sheet to perform the time shift calculations, and then reference those new accounts in the metric account (thus removing the time modifiers from the metric itself).

For example, ACCT.Example[time=this-1] will not evaluate properly in a metric account. However, you can build a new custom account, and place this same formula as a "master formula" for that account. You can then set ACCT.New_Custom as the formula in your metric account if desired.

 

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