Parallelperiod dax-power bi

DAX PARALLELPERIOD function returns a table that contains a column of dates that represents a period parallel to the dates in the specified dates column, in the current context, with the dates shifted a number of intervals either forward in time or back in time.

It comes under Time Intelligence DAX function category.




dates: A column that contains dates.

number of intervals: An integer that specifies the number of intervals to add to or subtract from the dates.

interval: The interval by which to shift the dates. The value for interval can be one of the following: year, quarter, month.

So, Let’s start with an example, download the sample Dataset from below link-

Note: After load data into Power BI file, check the datatype for order date column, if datatype is not in date format then change it as in date.

Follow these steps-

Step-1: Create a calendar table to using existing dataset “Order Date” column.

Go to Modeling Tab > Click to table icon & write below DAX

Calendar = CALENDAR(
MIN('Global-Superstore'[Order Date]), 
MAX('Global-Superstore'[Order Date]))

Step-2: After that create a relationship between both table.



Step-3: Now create a measure to get last year sale.

PARALLELPERIOD('Calendar'[Date], -1, YEAR))

Step-4:  Add table visual into report page and drag Year & month column from calendar table,  sales from Global-Superstore table and new created measure.

DAX Paralellperiod function

DAX Paralellperiod function

Now you can see in below screen shot – Against each rows of 2012 it returns total sales of 2011 and for year 2013 it returns total sales of 2012.

Because in DAX formula we passed parameter values – number_of_interval: -1 & interval: Year. That’s why it is returning one year back sale.

Paralellperiod Dax example in Power BI

Paralellperiod Dax example in Power BI

Let’s try with year column-

Paralellperiod dax eample-1

Paralellperiod dax eample-1

Now change the DAX parameter value for number_of_interval = 1, so you can see the result, it is showing next year sale against each year.

Paralellperiod dax example -2

Paralellperiod dax example -2

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3 thoughts on “DAX PARALLELPERIOD”

  1. Piyush Kumar Pathak

    Try to cover rank, earlier, dateadd and others functions also your explanation is amazing..

  2. Hi,

    Great Content! Just one small request – could you please post a step-by-step working of this formula as well:

    PARALLELPERIOD(‘Calendar'[Date], -1, YEAR))


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