RE-Defining Column cells in Pivot Table

Posted on 2015-02-11
Last Modified: 2015-02-12
I need to alter the structure of the top PivotTable as created by Excel in the image below to how I've manually copied it to the bottom PivotTable. Changing "evaluationMonth" as defined as a DATE to "Month1", "Month2", etc..

Btw, the data originates from a SQL query, in case it may be easier for me to do something to the data before copying to Excel.

Thanks in advance for any assistance.

Question by:Rickzzz
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by:Phillip Burton
ID: 40603613
I would change the query before Pivoting.

However, can you show the results of your SQL Query, and let me know what version of SQL you have.
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Expert Comment

by:Rob Henson
ID: 40603622
I assume your dates are mmddyyyy format ie 04/01/2007 is 1st April.

To convert the dates to Month1, Month2 etc one way would be to do this in the source data with a formula and then pulling that new column into the pivot as column headers rather than the date.

However, the dollar amounts in the table have physically moved; $72,028 in original is at intersection of column 06/01/2007 and row 06/01/2007 but column Month1 and row 06/01/2007 in required format.

How are you determining the movement. Could this also be done as formula in the source data?

Rob H

Author Comment

ID: 40603693
In the attached query, effMonth, evalMonth , coverage and inforceAmount are ultimately copied to Excel. "effMonth" is derived from an actual effective date of a policy. Ultimately, I group these policies by their respective effective month and follow their development, by month (evalMonth), to a point in time.

The idea is to have the evaluated months of these groups of policies start in the 1st cell as "Month1", rather than the actual date of the month, which is unimportant. So, for instance, the 6/1/2007 group would not have activity until 6/1/2007 and forward. This activity should start in the 1st cell, thus the move of the $72 to the 1st cell. Again, as "Month 1" and so on is better descriptive than the actual month (June 2007).

Hope that makes sense and thanks!
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Expert Comment

by:Phillip Burton
ID: 40603697
No query attached.

Author Comment

ID: 40603709
It is now and SQL 2012. Thanks.
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Accepted Solution

Phillip Burton earned 500 total points
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      SUM(inforcePremium) inforcePremium

Change (or add after)



         'Month' + convert(nvarchar(10),dense_rank() over(partition by effMonth order by evalMonth)) as evaluationMonth,

Author Closing Comment

ID: 40605938
Outstanding, thanks!

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