Calculated Column Types

Within the Data Warehouse Manager, you can create columns to augment and optimize your data for analysis. This functionality can be accessed by selecting any table in the Data Warehouse Manager and clicking Create New Column.

This topic describes the types of columns that you can create with the Data Warehouse Manager. It also covers the description, a visual walk-through of that column, and a reference map of all the inputs required to create a column. There are three ways to create calculated columns:

Same table calculated columns sametable

These columns are built using input columns from the same table.

Age age

An age calculated column returns the number of seconds between the current time and some input time.

The example below creates Seconds since customer's most recent order in the customers table. This can be used to construct user lists of customers who have not made purchases (sometimes referred to as churning) within X days.

Currency Converter

A currency converter calculated column converts the native currency of a column to a desired new currency.

The example below creates base\_grand\_total In AED, converting the base\_grand\_total from it is native currency to AED in the sales\_flat\_order table. This column works well for stores with multiple currencies that want to report in their local currency.

For Commerce clients, the base\_currency\_code field typically stores native currencies. The Spot Time field should match the date used in your metrics.

One-to-many calculated columns onetomany

One-to-Many columns use a path between two tables. This path always implies a one table, where an attribute lives, and a many table, where that attribute gets “relocated” down to. The path can be described as a foreign key--primary key relationship.

Joined column joined

A joined column relocates an attribute on the one table to the many table. The classic example of one/many is customers (one) and orders (many).

In the example below, the Customer's group\_id dimension gets joined down into the orders table.

Many-to-one calculated columns manytoone

These columns use the same paths that one-to-many columns do, but they point data in the opposite direction. The column gets created on the one side of the path, as opposed to the many side. Because of this relationship, the value in the column needs to be an aggregation, that is, a mathematical operation performed on the data points on the many side. There are many use cases for this, and a few are listed below.

Count count

This type of calculated column returns the count of values on the many table onto the one table.

In the example below, the dimension Customer's lifetime number of canceled orders is created on the customers table (with a filter for orders.status).


Sum sum

A sum calculated column is the sum of values on the many table onto the one table.

This can be used to create customer-level dimensions like Customer's lifetime revenue.

Min or Max minmax

A min or max calculated column returns the smallest or largest record that exists on the many side.

This can be used to create customer-level dimensions like Customer's first order date.

Exists exists

An calculated column is a binary test determining the presence of a record on the many side. In other words, the new column returns a 1 if the path connects at least one row in each table, and 0 if no connection can be made.

This type of dimension might determine, for example, if a customer ever purchased a particular product. Using a join between a customers table and orders table, a filter for a specific product, a dimension Customer has purchased Product X? can be built.

Handy reference map map

If you are having trouble remembering what all the inputs are when creating a calculated column, keep this reference map handy when you are building:

Advanced calculated columns advanced

In your quest to analyze and answer questions about your business, you may encounter a situation where you are unable to build the exact column you want.

To ensure a speedy turnaround, Adobe recommends checking out the Advanced Calculated Column Types guide to see what kind of columns the Adobe support team can build. That topic also covers the info that you need from you to create the column - include it with your request.