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Performance Tuning Tables with Filters in Power BI

Chris Webb doesn’t want to wait:

There are four columns: Date, Town and two measures. One measure called [Fast Measure] is, as the name suggests, very quick to execute; the other measure, called [Slow Measure], is very complex and slow. The definitions are irrelevant here. Notice that there is a filter on this table visual so only the rows where [Fast Measure] is greater than 1 are shown.

If I measure the amount of time to render this table in Performance Analyzer, it takes around 17.5 seconds to run. However, if I remove the filter on [Fast Measure], the table only takes 8 seconds to run. Why? The filter is on the fast measure and surely more rows are returned without the filter, so wouldn’t the slow measure be evaluated more?

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