EXCLUDE modifier

  • 15 July 2022
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Excludes data from a Block based on cell values or associated items.



expression[EXCLUDE: filtering_expression]

Filtering_expession being a boolean expression.  


Return type

same as source object





Filtering off of Multiple Conditions 
Revenue[EXCLUDE: Country = Country."FR" AND Product = Product."Product 1"] Returns the Revenue of any country but France for any product but Product 1

Revenue[EXCLUDE: Country = Country."FR" OR Country = Country."UK"]

Returns the Revenue of any country but France and UK.

 Filtering off of defined values

Revenue[EXCLUDE: CurrentValue > 1000]


Revenue[EXCLUDE: Revenue > 1000]

Returns the Revenue by its original Dimensions only if the Revenue is equal to or lower than 1000 or blank.

Revenue[EXCLUDE: Cost > 1000]

Returns the Revenue by its original Dimensions only if the Cost is equal to or lower than 1000 or blank.

Filtering off of data in another Metric 

Revenue[EXCLUDE: 'Filter Metric']

Returns the Revenue by its original Dimensions only if the boolean Filter Metric is set to false or blank.

Excel equivalent: none


Filtering on values with “CurrentValue” 


Filtering based on the values of the “expression” is a common use case.  The simplest way of doing it is to duplicate the expression in the filtering expression.

ex: Revenue[EXCLUDE: Revenue > 1000]

However, sometimes the expression filtered can be long. ex:

(‘Bloc A’ + ‘Bloc B’ + ‘Bloc C’ - ‘Bloc D’)[EXCLUDE: (‘Bloc A’ + ‘Bloc B’ + ‘Bloc C’  - ‘Bloc D’) > 1000]


Pigment offers a specific keyword:  CurrentValue. This keyword represents the expression on which the filter is applied, but in a much shorter and readable way, avoiding also copy-paste mistakes.  

The previous formula can be written: 

(‘Bloc A’ + ‘Bloc B’ + ‘Bloc C’ - ‘Bloc D’)[EXCLUDE: CurrentValue > 1000]


When to use EXCLUDE vs FILTER


The FILTER and EXCLUDE modifiers have very similar functionalities just an opposite approach. When using FILTER you are defining which data to bring, while EXCLUDE you are defining which data not to bring in.   

[FILTER: NOT condition OR ISBLANK(condition)]  is the same as   [EXCLUDE: condition]

The difference is how they handle Blanks. Given the scenario above, it is recommended to use EXCLUDE for readability and performance issues.   



🎓 To learn more about the EXCLUDE Modifier, explore the FILTER & EXCLUDE Modifiers module in our Academy.


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