Sum Column with Filter Help


I’m trying to write a measure that sums a column filtered by multiple criteria. My data has a column with different categories. I want to sum a payment column only if the individual row has two ore more of the following categories:


So far I have written the following:

Final COG = CALCULATE([Commission COG],FILTER(AdvancedMD_DATA, AdvancedMD_DATA[Visit Primary Carrier Category] = "BCBS - BLUECROSS/BLUESHIELD" && AdvancedMD_DATA[Visit Primary Carrier Category] = "MD - MEDICARE"))

The problem I am having is that it seems to filter most based of the first expression but then stops. I need it to take in to account both or more. Any help would be much appreciated.


Here’s the general methodology I would use to do this:

  1. create a one column table consisting of the categories you want to test against. Keep this disconnected from your data model.
  2. in Power Query, unpivot your data by selecting the index/ID field that uniquely identifies each row, and then “unpivot other columns”
  3. add a calculated column to the unpivoted table, testing whether the category for that row is in the set of categories in the disconnected table, using the IN operator. Set the column equal to 1 if yes, 0 if no
  4. create another calculated column summing the column in 3) by index/ID and returning a 1 if sum >=2, 0 otherwise
  5. do a SUMX of payment*column 4 above by index/ID - will return desired sum for those rows matching 2 or more categories, 0 otherwise.
  6. if you want, filter out the 0s using the filter pane

It looks more complicated in writing than it is.

If you can provide a PBIX with sample data, I’d be glad to demonstrate if the above is insufficient for you to get to a solution.

I hope this is helpful.

  • Brian

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I think I am following with a good bit but if you are willing to take a look at a PBIX file I have attached one here. I really appreciate your help here. My concern if I unpivot my data that it will make my current date format unusable? Is there a way to unpivot to a new query?

Thanks again. Please see the attached file

Example File.pbix (45.5 KB)

Thanks I’ll be sure to do this next time.

Absolutely. Just reference/duplicate your original query (called say “Data”), unpivot the new table and name it “Data Unpivoted”. Don’t link the latter into your data model with a physical relationship. If you need to incorporate it into your DAX calculations, do so using TREATAS. Here’s a similar solution I posted last night that uses this exact approach:

Thanks for posting your PBIX file. I’ll get back to you later tonight with a specific solution.

  • Brian


Your sample data doesn’t seem to match the problem described in the first post. There is no column in the data you provided that I can see that matches the column below, against which we’ll test whether the row encompasses two or more of the criteria categories.

  • Brian


This is just a small sample. The list below is the data in the columns:


There are basically 9 options. I am trying to sum the values for example when the row has COM - Commercial, MC - Medicare & MD - Medicaid.

Does that help clarify?


I think that helps clarify a bit, but it will be helpful if you could please provide a sample of the data as it currently exists (i.e. multiple options in each row). I don’t want to guess at structure, field names, etc. and provide you solution that doesn’t match your use case.


  • Brian

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