Now back to the point of this article. Compounding growth is very easy to do in Excel because you can write individual cell formulas (to do what ever you want), and each new formula can reference the answer from the previous formula as the starting point for the new formula. There is no such ability in the DAX language. To solve such problems in DAX, you have to change the way you think and start to think about how to write a single formula that will work over an entire TABLE of data (or columns or multiple tables) – no cell by cell individual formulas are possible.
Below I will step you through the process of finding a solution to this problem. As I often mention in my articles, it is the process that I believe is most important. I seldom know how to answer a complex DAX problem when I start out (that’s the very definition of “complex”), and instead I follow a process to help me solve the problem. Take a careful read below. If you apply the same process when you write your formulas, you will be well on your way to becoming a DAX Superhero.
It’s an interesting problem when your growth rate is not always the same, but Matt has you covered.