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Calculated fields, level-aware aggregations, and evaluation order in Amazon QuickSight

Amazon QuickSight

is a fast, cloud-native, serverless, business intelligence service that makes it easy to deliver insights to everyone. QuickSight has carefully designed concepts and features that enable analysis builders, such as QuickSight authors, to design content-rich, interactive, and dynamic dashboards to share with dashboard viewers. As authors build an analysis, QuickSight transforms, filters, and aggregates data from tabular datasets into result sets to answer business questions. You can implement sophisticated data analytics in QuickSight in minutes by using calculated fields

, then share within QuickSight in your organization, or embedded into apps or portals to share with thousands of users without any servers or infrastructure to set up.

This post gives you an end-to-end overview of how to perform various calculations in QuickSight and introduces you to the concepts of evaluation order and level-aware aggregation, which allow you to build more advanced analytics that use scalar, aggregate, and table functions. We also explain these approaches using an analogy to SQL.