Can you build a “must include” filter?

Ann Jackson set this week’s challenge inspired by a business requirement she’d encountered, which was to be able to filter the data based on a user selection, and then additionally apply another filter to narrow down the required data.

The task ‘splash’ page had already indicated the challenge would involve sets, and the requirements additionally stated you’d need version 2020.2 or higher, which added an additional hint that set controls would be involved. Examining Ann’s solution, I could also see that the tell-tale set icon displayed when hovering near the input control, which confirmed the ‘filters’ were indeed using the set control functionality.

  • Building the bar chart
  • Viz in Tooltip
  • BANs

Building the bar chart

Let’s start by focusing on the bar chart. The first thing to do is to rename several fields. Ann likes capital letters, so the following fields just need to be renamed so they’re all in uppercase: Sales, Quantity, Product, Order ID and Customer (Name). Sales can also be formatted to $ with 0dp.

We create the first set we need by simply right-clicking on the PRODUCT field -> Create -> Set. I named this 1st Products and set to the Use All condition.

Lets build out a basic table and then we can play with how we need to use this set. Put

  • ORDER ID on Rows
  • CUSTOMER on Rows
  • Add Sales to Text
  • Drag Quantity over the Sales column, so Measure Names gets added to Columns and Measure Values is on Text
  • Sort by Sales descending

If we now add the 1st Products set to the Filter shelf and choose the Show Set option, the list of products in the set will be displayed for selection.

Choose the 1st item in the list, and the data will be filtered to just those customers who have ordered that product

But, while this list matches the names if you do the same on the solution, the Sales and Quantity values differ. This is because, we have actually filtered the data just to the lines containing the selected product. If you bring PRODUCT onto Rows, you’ll see you have 1 line per customer.

Now, while you can use LOD calculations to compute the total sales/quantity at an order id level, to resolve this, it won’t solve the next step of the puzzle, to filter the data further by other products on the same orders, as we’ve already filtered out all the other data. So we need to do something else.

To demonstrate, we just want to keep a handle on these specific ORDER IDs so ctrl-click to select them all, and then Include to add them to the Filter shelf. Now remove the 1st Products set from the Filter shelf, then re-add back to the Rows.

You’ll see we now have all the product lines on each order, with an In or Out displayed against each row. The rows which match the PRODUCT selected in the set, is marked as In. This is essentially what the filter is doing if 1st Products is on the Filter shelf – it is filtering the rows to those which return as In (the set).

We basically want a way to be able to identify all the rows on an order which have at least 1 In row, so we can filter on that instead. For this we can create a new field,

Order has 1st Products

{FIXED [ORDER ID]: MAX([1st Products])}

What this is doing is saying for each ORDER ID, get the maximum 1st Products value, which is then ‘stored’ against each row for the same ORDER ID. This may look odd, as 1st Products from the display is showing an ‘In’ or an ‘Out’, so how does the MAX work? Well, whilst the display is In or Out, under the bonnet this is actually a boolean field of 1 = True = In or 0 = False = Out, so the MAX is actually returning either a 1 (true) or a 0 (false).

If you add Order has 1st Products to Rows, you can now see every row in this restricted data set is listed as True

Remove the ORDER ID from the Filter shelf, and you should observe all the other orders listed have False listed against every row.

So we can now add Order Has 1st Product = True to the Filter shelf, and we can remove 1st Products from Rows too.

So we’ve mastered the 1st product filter, time for the 2nd. Once again right-click on PRODUCT and create another set with the Use All condition. This time I called the set 2nd Product.

Just as before, we want to identify all orders that contain this 2nd product selected, so we’ll create another calculated field

Order has 2nd Product

{FIXED [ORDER ID]: MAX([2nd Product])}

Add this field to the Filter shelf and select True. Now click on the 2nd Product set in the Dimesions pane, and selected Show Set, to display the list of products

You’ll notice though that all products are listed, and not just the ones that are associated to the set of orders already filtered. To fix this, we need to add the Order Has 1st Products field to context (click on the Order Has 1st Products pill on the Filter shelf and Add to Context). This will change the pill to a grey colour, and you can now restrict the values in the 2nd Products set to only show All Values in Context.

The add to context function allows us to dictate the order in which the filtering is applied, so the data is primarily filtered based on our 1st Products set and then filtered based on the 2nd Product.

You should now be able to play around with the filtering and see how the rows for complete orders are retained.

Removing PRODUCT from the Rows, and we get back to the total order value / quantity values we’re expecting.

From this, you should now be able to build out the viz. Firstly, duplicate the sheet so we retain the original table, then move SALES & QUANTITY to the Columns, add Measure Names to Colour, add Labels to match mark colour, and format accordingly.

Viz in Tooltip

As an ‘added extra’ Ann added the ability to hover on a bar and see the details of the order in a simple table. We can use the original table we built above to demonstrate the functionality. Add PRODUCT to Row, and replace the QUANTITY field, with a new field you need to create called QTY, which is just based on QUANTITY ie



Then hide the ORDER ID & CUSTOMER fields (uncheck Show Header) on the pill. You could remove completely, but I like to retain just in case we need to debug if things don’t work.

We will need to show some totals, but this isn’t the Grand Total. Grand Totals will work, but the background of the row will always be a fixed colour. Either white, by default, or set to grey if you choose. However I noticed that depending on the order id I hovered on, the Grand Total row may display grey or white depending on the existing banding. For this we need to use subtotals instead (Analysis menu -> Totals -> Add All Subtotals).

Because we have multiple (hidden) dimensions on the rows, multiple Total rows will display. We can remove by unchecking the Subtotals option against the ORDER ID pill.

And finally, we need to relabel the row. Right-click on the Total row and select Format. Change the label of the Totals section from ‘Total’ to ‘Grand Total’.

With additional formatting to change the font size etc, this sheet can now be added as a ‘Viz in Tooltip’ to the bar chart. On the Tooltip shelf associated to the bar chart, you can Insert -> Sheets -> <Select Sheet>

Hovering over a bar should now automatically filter the tabular display to the appropriate CUSTOMER & ORDER ID.


For the BANs, we need several additional calculated fields



simply counts the number of distinct Order IDs in the filtered view.

Total Orders


an LOD calculation that counts the overall number of distinct Order IDs, regardless of any filters applied.


[# ORDERS]/SUM([Total Orders])

formatted as a % to 1 dp.



formatted to $ 0 dp.



formatted to a number with 0 dp.

Add Measure Names to the Filter shelf, and filter to the relevant 4 measures. Add Measure Values and Measure Names to the Text shelf, and Measure Names on Columns. Add the Order Has 1st Products = true and Order has 2nd Product = true to the Filter shelf, but this time don’t add anything to context. If you do, it will affect the Total Orders measure, and the % of orders calc will be wrong. Hide the Measure Names on the columns (uncheck show header), and format the text appropriately.

To get the thick lines, format and set the Row Divider on the sheet to be a thick coloured line.

And you should now have all the core building blocks needed to add onto a dashboard.

My published viz is here.

Happy vizzin’! Stay safe!


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