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Ganira
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Power query - changing entries and Big Data

Hello, everybody.

 

I have CSV files that upon opening have some irregular IDs' entries (all IDs should have 17 characters but after filtering them by length I found some that had an irregular amount of characters - 14, 15, 18). 

However, when I created a Power Query, suddenly all the ride IDs became normal and other odd calculations were fixed too (like time(duration) became normal instead of 0:00:00).

 

Question 1: Why IDs become normal (example "326DCA34ABA1FAHHD") in PowerQuery but are in the form of "8.28E+22" upon opening? 

 

Question 2: I have multiple CSV files with hundreds of thousands of rows in each file, I need to repeat the same analysis steps for each one of them and create the same pivot tables. I could run the same VBA code for each one of them, but that would take a lot of time. I am just a beginner, so I am not sure whether or not I should use Data Models for that, create a connection to Power Bi, or what. 

 

Any help would be greatly appreciated.  🙂

 

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lbendlin
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Question 1:  Power Query is messing with you and (wrongly) guessing column types. Tell it to not do that (in the options)

 

Question 2:  Whatever you are more comfortable with. Could be VBA, could be Power Query, could be the data model/DAX.  Try it out.

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lbendlin
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Question 1:  Power Query is messing with you and (wrongly) guessing column types. Tell it to not do that (in the options)

 

Question 2:  Whatever you are more comfortable with. Could be VBA, could be Power Query, could be the data model/DAX.  Try it out.

Thank you so so much! 🙂

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