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Bar chart for categorical data count

I have a dataset like this:

       UserID     Roles
01ffe0Read, Write, Approve
6yhc82Approve, Write
1bcf5dRead, Write


How to display the count of users for each role (Read, Write, Approve) in a bar chart?
I created a "New Column" for each category as below:


01ffe0Read, Write, Approve111
6yhc82Approve, Write011
1bcf5dRead, Write110


I created a bar chart that displays the Sum of each of the last 3 columns, but it does not show their Y-axis label. I tried adding the column names to Y-axis but the visual splits-up, which I don't want to happen.


This table is imported using a SQL query and will be refreshed daily with new row items hence, need a robust solution.

Any suggestions on how to get it right?
@ichavarria @DataInsights @Ahmedx 

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Your best option is to split the 2nd column at the ", " and create a list, then expand that to new rows. You can then easily create your visual. Here's one way to do it in the query editor.  To see how it works, just create a blank query, open the Advanced Editor and replace the text there with the M code below.

    Source = Table.FromRows(Json.Document(Binary.Decompress(Binary.FromText("i45WMjBMS0s1UNJRCkpNTNFRCC/KLEnVUXAsKCjKL0tVitWJVjJJTEoygSoAC5hVZiRbGAFFoKqgusByBkapaYlpQDmEkGFScpppCqoNSrGxAA==", BinaryEncoding.Base64), Compression.Deflate)), let _t = ((type nullable text) meta [Serialized.Text = true]) in type table [UserID = _t, Roles = _t]),
    #"Added Custom" = Table.AddColumn(Source, "Custom", each Text.Split([Roles], ", ")),
    #"Expanded Custom" = Table.ExpandListColumn(#"Added Custom", "Custom"),
    #"Removed Columns" = Table.RemoveColumns(#"Expanded Custom",{"Roles"})
    #"Removed Columns"



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Solution Specialist
Solution Specialist

Hi @asheet_s,


I support @ppm1. This would work. Please give it a try and feel free to reach back if you need any additional help. 



Best regards, 

Isaac Chavarria

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Hi @ppm1 @ichavarria 


Thnaks for the repsonse. One question - Where to insert the table name? 
If I have a table named [X_ROLE_CLASS], where should that name be placed? 

You shouldn't need the table name. In the query editor, the key step is the #"Added custom" one where you reference your Roles column inside Text.Split.



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Hi Pat,

Actually the "UserID" I entered in this question is just a sample.
If I'm using the UserID column from another table, how do I bring that to the query editor. Your binary64 code translation is something that I'm unable to modify.

PS: I'm still have amateur level expertise in PowerBI


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