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Virtual Relationships with TREATAS

Handling relationships is an essential aspect of any data modeling exercise. If done correctly, it can save a lot of time and effort. Though Power BI offers many-to-many relationships, but at times it adds many complexities. And hence, experts advise caution while using many-to-many relationships in Power BI.

TREATAS offers a relatively simple solution in this case. Let us understand this by the following example.

Following are two sample tables:

Table 1:

Table 2:


Calculate the Estimate vs. Actual report for each Project & Team.

As we notice, both the Project Number and Team have multiple values in both the table. If we establish a relationship, it is many-to-many.

For this exercise, we do not establish any relationship between the two tables

We have added a Calendar table and linked the two tables on Date

Refer to the following article for adding a Calendar table in the data model

Creating Basic Calculations

Added two measures for getting the total of Estimate and Actual Hours

 Estimate Hours = SUM(table1[Estimate]) 
 Actual Hours = SUM(table2[Hours])

Creating Measures using TREATAS

TREATAS applies the result of a table expression as filters to columns from an unrelated table. It returns a table containing all the rows in column(s) that are in the expression.

 Total Hours Team = 
  [Actual Hours],

In the above example, TREATAS is doing the following:

· VALUES function creates a list of all unique Teams and Project Number from table1

· TREATAS creates a virtual many-to-one relationship on Teams and Project Number


I have used the measure in the table visual, which is producing the expected output


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