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Using a Running Total as a Parameter

Using a Running Total as a Parameter

Using a Running Total as a Parameter

Hi. My report lists a bunch of applications and each application should have one, or many, decisions. The user wants to be able to list the applications that do NOT have any decisions. What I was thinking of doing, was creating a running total of the decisions (therefore I get the ones that have "0") and then create a parameter where the user can query where those are 0. But I can't seem to get a parameter to run off a running total field? Is this something I "can" do, or is there a better way??
Thanks for the advice!

RE: Using a Running Total as a Parameter

How is a decision represented in the database? Is there a field called decision? Is it null when there are no decisions? Or does it contain some other value if there is no decision? Maybe show a mockup of some data that shows some different scenarios.

If the field is null when there is no decision, then you could create a formula like this:

If isnull({table.decision}} then 0 else 1

Insert a group on {table.applicationID}. Then you could go to report->selection formulas->GROUP and enter:

Sum({@nulldecision}, {table.applicationID)=0

This would display only those apps with no decision.


RE: Using a Running Total as a Parameter

That's great lbass and it works, but how can I make that a parameter? The user wants to be able to select a parameter to sometimes look at only those without the decision, and sometimes wants to look at those With the decision... and sometimes all of them.

RE: Using a Running Total as a Parameter

Oh I think I got it. I removed the Sum({@nulldecision}, {table.applicationID)=0 from the group selection and built a parameter called Decisions.
Then in the record selection I put:
(if {?Decisions} = "No Decision" then {@nulldecision} = 0
else if {?Decisions} = "Has Decision" then {@nulldecision} = 1
else if {?Decisions} = "ALL" then ({@nulldecision}= 0 or {@nulldecision}= 1))

This works.
Thanks so much lbass!!

RE: Using a Running Total as a Parameter

If it is possible for an application to have both a null decision and a non-null decision, your solution will not work, since any application that includes st least one null decision will be returned when you select “No Decision”. That’s why I asked for sample data. Based on your formula, it appears that an application can have nulls AND data in the field. So my first solution still applies, but with the addition of a parameter, the group selection formula would look like this:

{?Decision}=“No Decision” and
) or
{?Decision}=“Has Decision” and
) or

Apologies for neglecting to add in the parameter earlier. Be sure to replace the quotes in my post with your own, as the quotes from my iPad will throw an error.


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