Here is this week’s challenge, I would like to thank everyone for playing along and for your feedback. The link to the solution for last challenge #09 is HERE. For this challenge let’s look at the date and time functions in Alteryx.
The use case:
A distribution center receives a package. At the point of receipt, the package is scanned and a timestamp is captured for arrival date/time. The company is trying to reduce the amount of time the package is at its facility and as a result is trying to analyze how long packages remain at the facility.
The objective for this challenge is to calculate the delta between arrival date/time and the Time_Now field (this field has the date/time of the creation of this challenge and will be changing as time goes on). Create a unique field for Days, Hours, Minutes and Seconds.
We have listed this as an intermediate exercise and I expect it will go very quickly for many of you. Let us know what you think, we are looking forward to hearing your feedback.
You can find the solution below.
Just a heads up, since the Time_Now stamp is slightly different in the input file vs. the output file, 2014-07-14 08:24:35 vs. 2014-07-14 08:25:16, the answers will be off by 41 seconds if you are verifying results against the output file.
I went with the following formulas and solved it correctly using one less formula than the posted answer.
Days = DateTimeDiff([Time_Now],[TIMESTAMP],"days")
Hours = DateTimeDiff([Time_Now],[TIMESTAMP],"hours")-[Days]*24
Minutes = DateTimeDiff([Time_Now],[TIMESTAMP],"minutes")-DateTimeDiff([Time_Now],[TIMESTAMP],"hours")*60
Seconds = DateTimeDiff([Time_Now],[TIMESTAMP],"seconds")-DateTimeDiff([Time_Now],[TIMESTAMP],"minutes")*60
A simple modulo formula did the trick:
Very similar to all the others