Building Horizon Graphs in Power BI

Horizon graphs are an intriguing but initially confusing way of looking at time series. Once you get familiar with the layout, you can simply think of it as a more space-efficient way of rendering a common line or area chart. Where there is a broad range in the data from low values to high values, horizon graphs condense…

A Glimpse into Michigan’s Children in Poverty

I created this report after seeing a list of local youth service organizations published by the Detroit Free Press. It features simple visualizations based on US Census data from 2015. One unique feature is a Shape Map county “highlight” effect achieved by layering maps. Also uses a custom Shape Map showing the concentration of poverty in Detroit and…

What’s Happening with “Quick Calc” in Power BI?

In the Power BI Desktop update last May, Microsoft released “Quick Calc”. As a convenient feature that eliminates the need to write a custom DAX expression for a simple percent of total calculation, it was lauded at the time of release. Does Quick Calc have a future with the addition of more convenient built-in calculations? I hope so.