Set Analysis is one of the most powerful features at your disposal as a QlikView developer. Even beginner QlikView developer should learn basics of Set Analysis as it allows you to create a set independent of user selections.

That said, set modifier is the most powerful catalyst within your set expression. Set modifier is akin to a filter but it is more than that.

One of the most intimidating aspects of Set Analysis for a beginner developer is to understand its syntax. I can relate to that. But once you understand and master its syntax well, you will start embracing power Set Analysis offers to you as a QlikView developer.

If you get confused with multiple curly braces, you are not alone! So let’s start with that.

There are always two sets of curly braces.

  • The outer brackets: Sum( { … } Sales )
    These define the record set; i.e. the records in the data over which the aggregation should be made.
  • The inner brackets: Sum( {$<Field= { … } >} Sales )
    These define the element set; i.e. the set of individual field values that define the selection in this field.

(Source: Henric Constrom, QlikView Design Blog)

Set Modifier starts with < and ends with >

Set modifier has a field name on the left hand side of the equal sign(=) and either a literal string or an expression or a numeric values on the right. There is ALWAYS an equal sign between field name and values within the <> brackets.

Modifiers are sets too!

<Field= { … } >

Think of both sides of the equal sign as two sets. These sets have equal sign in between but it is not an equal sign in a literal sense.




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