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Trailing Twelve Months Calculation

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  • Trailing Twelve Months Calculation

    All --

    I have a table of monthly account balances for the past four years. I would like to create a table of trailing twelve months balances from this table. In other words, each value in the new table contains the average of the last twelve values in the initial table. It would have only 36 values instead of the 48 in the original table.

    How can I do this?

    -- Dick James

  • #2
    Re: Trailing Twelve Months Calculation

    I suggest you get pencil and paper and write down the steps you'd have to take in order to do this, assuming you had to do this by hand. Begin with a single account, in the most recent month. Then think about how to convert your sequence into code.


    • #3
      Re: Trailing Twelve Months Calculation

      OK. The table name is tblMonthlyBalances, and it contains one record for each month. In that record there are several fields, but the two I propose to use are the JulianDateofBalance field and the MonthlyBalance field. I propose to put the calculated trailing twelve months balance in a third field. So the table layout is:

      JulianDateofBalance (N)
      MonthlyBalance (N)
      TTMBalance (N)

      The steps would be these:

      1. Order the table on JulianDateofBalance with newest first. (I know how to do this.)

      2. Starting with the first value, if there are fewer than 11 prior values, then stop. (Don't know how to do this.)

      3. Add the 11 prior values to the current value to give a total. (Don't know how to do this.)

      4. Divide the total by 12 and store it in the TTMBalance field. (I can do this if I can figure out how to do steps 2. & 3. above.)

      Any suggestions?

      -- Dick James


      • #4
        Re: Trailing Twelve Months Calculation

        Originally posted by DickJames View Post
        Any suggestions?
        Here is how I would do it:
        ''========================LOOP  & FETCH
        tbl ="tblMonthlyBalances")
        idx = tbl.index_primary_put("JulianDateIndexName") 
        nrecs = idx.records_get()
        Dim vBalArray[nrecs] as n
        i = 1
        vRunTotal = 0
        while .not. tbl.fetch_eof()
            vBalArray[i] = tbl.MonthlyBalance 
            vRunTotal = vRunTotal + tbl.MonthlyBalance 
            IF i >= 12
                vRunAverage = vRunTotal/12
                    tbl.TTMBalance = vRunAverage
                vRunTotal = vRunTotal - vBalArray[i-11]        
            END IF
            i = i + 1
        end while
        vTitle1 = "FINI" 
        vMsg1 =  "Balances Updated!"
        ui_msg_box(vTitle1, vMsg1,UI_INFORMATION_SYMBOL)
        I don't know if there is another way (there always is). You need to make sure you have an index for the date field. I just called it "JulianDateIndexName". You could attach this script to a button on your form. I haven't tested the script so I might have made a mistake in logic?

        Good luck!

        P.S. If you don't know xbasic, this is the place to start. Even if you don't, xbasic is almost readable as is - esp. for a smart guy like you.;)
        Last edited by Peter.Greulich; 02-21-2010, 01:46 PM.
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        • #5
          Re: Trailing Twelve Months Calculation

          Peter --

          I'm not sure I'm all that smart, but I was able to make your code work for me. I changed your statement:

          tbl.index_primary_put("JulianDateIndexName") to tbl.index_primary_put() because record number order is also juliandate order in this table, and the statement was causing an error.

          It seems to work great! I'm surprised A5 doesn't have some built-in function to do this because it is a very common way to look at financial trends.

          Thanks very much for your help.

          -- Dick James


          • #6
            Re: Trailing Twelve Months Calculation

            Originally posted by DickJames View Post
            ... I changed your statement:

            tbl.index_primary_put("JulianDateIndexName") to tbl.index_primary_put() because record number order is also juliandate order in this table, and the statement was causing an error.
            From the controlpanel, click on your table and select design/indexes and create an index for the date field. Plug whatever name you give the index into the script. It's not a good idea to rely on record order. Someday that might bite you.
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