Calendar with flags making set analysis so very simple


Calendars are one of the first things developed when working with Qlik and most follow a similar format.

Often called “Master Calendar” the name misleads as best practice design means multiple calendars are often

Once you have a master calendar you’ll often find yourself creating complex set analysis to calculate date ranges or comparative calculations like Month to Date or Previous Month. You can find some good examples here


This QVW describes an alternative way. The calendar here creates all possible combinations of dates and flags their relationship with each other.



Here we can see it in action. The Date Selected combined with the Flag returns the Possible Key Dates which are linked to the fact table. The Set Analysis becomes very intuitive and easy to maintain:

Yesterday: =sum({<Date={‘$(=max(Date))’},%Flag_PreviousDay_M01={1}>}Sales)


Additional flags shown here you take the concept further.

MTD: =sum({<Date={‘$(=max(Date))’},%Flag_ThisMonthToDate={1}>} Sales)
Previous MTD: =sum({<Date={‘$(=max(Date))’},%Flag_PreviousMonthComparative_M01={1}>} Sales)
Previous Month: =sum({<Date={‘$(=max(Date))’},%Flag_PreviousMonth_M01={1}>}Sales)
Same Month Last Year: =sum({<Date={‘$(=max(Date))’},%Flag_PreviousMonth_M12={1} >}     Sales)


This version takes the concept and by simplifying the code means its easier to understand and allows you to develop further to meet your individual requirements.


Development principles:

Firstly a standard Calendar is created using AutoGenerate. I also take the opportunity to incorporate Business Day flags (set by loading regional public holidays).

A Cartesian Product is then produced by left Joining Distinct Dates with itself without the key. This gives us all the possible date combinations.

I then create the flags; Firstly Point In Time Flags such as Today, This Week, This Month, etc. Then period flags such as Previous Day, Previous Month, Previous Month to Date, etc.


You can find the application on the QlikView community: 


I hope this of some use to people, I would love to hear your comments and further suggestions.




Fun With Flags

Fun With Flags

I couldn’t resist using this picture for the post (from Wil Wheaton’s fan site)





9 responses to “Calendar with flags making set analysis so very simple

  1. Personally, I like to create my calendar in-line in the table, rather than linking out to a separate table. This makes things slightly more efficient, and I think tidier. It only falls down if there are missing days in the data (frequently this is not the case though). As with anything in software development it’s just a case of considering the options – rather than just having a master calendar as that is the way you have always done it.

    Completely agree about the flags for ease of Set Analysis though!


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  6. Hi Richard, old but nice article !
    The old community.qlik url seems not working anymore, is it still possible to donwload the qvw example ?
    Have a good day


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