Fractile - chart function

Fractile() finds the value that corresponds to the fractile (quantile) of the aggregated data in the range given by the expression iterated over the chart dimensions.


Fractile([{SetExpression}] [DISTINCT] [TOTAL [<fld{, fld}>]] expr, fraction)

Return data type: numeric


Argument Description
expr The expression or field containing the data to be measured.
fraction A number between 0 and 1 corresponding to the fractile (quantile expressed as a fraction) to be calculated.
SetExpression By default, the aggregation function will aggregate over the set of possible records defined by the selection. An alternative set of records can be defined by a set analysis expression.
DISTINCT If the word DISTINCT occurs before the function arguments, duplicates resulting from the evaluation of the function arguments are disregarded.

If the word TOTAL occurs before the function arguments, the calculation is made over all possible values given the current selections, and not just those that pertain to the current dimensional value, that is, it disregards the chart dimensions.

The TOTAL qualifier may be followed by a list of one or more field names within angle brackets <fld>. These field names should be a subset of the chart dimension variables.

Defining the aggregation scope


The expression must not contain aggregation functions, unless these inner aggregations contain the TOTAL qualifier. For more advanced nested aggregations, use the advanced aggregation function Aggr, in combination with calculated dimensions.

Examples and results:  

Customer Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Astrida 46 60 70 13 78 20 45 65 78 12 78 22
Betacab 65 56 22 79 12 56 45 24 32 78 55 15
Canutility 77 68 34 91 24 68 57 36 44 90 67 27
Divadip 57 36 44 90 67 27 57 68 47 90 80 94
Example Result
Fractile(Sales, 0.75)

A chart with dimension = Customer and expression = Fractile(Sales,0.75) results in 71.75. This is the point in the distribution of values of Sales that 75% of the values fall beneath.

Fractile(TOTAL Sales, 0.75)) 71.75 for all values of Customer, because the TOTAL qualifier means that dimensions are disregarded.
Fractile(DISTINCT Sales, 0.75) 70 for the total, because using the DISTINCT qualifier means only unique values in Sales for each Customer are evaluated.

Data used in examples:



Month, Monthnumber

Jan, 1

Feb, 2

Mar, 3

Apr, 4

May, 5

Jun, 6

Jul, 7

Aug, 8

Sep, 9

Oct, 10

Nov, 11

Dec, 12



crosstable (Month, Sales) LOAD * inline [






] (delimiter is '|');

To get the months to sort in the correct order, when you create your charts, go to the Sort tab of the chart properties, and mark the checkbox Expression under Sort by. In the expression box write Monthnumber.