Can a calculated column perform mathematical/arithmetic calculations on numbers stored in text fields?
SAP SuccessFactors Analytics, Detailed Reporting or Advanced Reporting.
Yes, and here's how.
1. After the original field is in a query, create a calculated column.
2. Start the calculation by using if-then criteria to exclude any possible non-number values, e.g. specific text values or nulls.
3. Program in the calculation as if the text value were a number value, e.g. Rating * 20.
4. In the line with the main calculation, double-click the text value. Apply the function 'Raw Value'.
This will allow the system to treat any number it finds as a number. It may behave unpredictably if it finds anything which isn't a number, so ensure everything else is excluded elsewhere in the calculation with if-then clauses.
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