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Returns the value of the given measure (or other numeric expression) evaluated for the last non-empty member of a set. This function is an InterSystems extension to MDX.

Returned Type

This function returns a number.

Syntax and Details

%LAST(set_expression, optional_numeric_expression)


  • set_expression is an expression that evaluates to a set, typically a set of members or tuples.

  • optional_numeric_expression is a numeric-valued expression that the function evaluates for each set element.

    Typically, this expression has the form [MEASURES].[measure_name]

    If you do not specify a numeric expression, the system uses the measure used by the current result cell. For example, this might be the measure used on the 0 axis or the measure specified in the WHERE clause, if any. If the query itself does not specify a measure, the system instead uses %COUNT, which counts records in the fact table.

The %LAST function returns the last non-missing value evaluated for each member of the given set.


For reference, the following query shows patients with osteoporosis, grouped by birth decade:

SELECT MEASURES.[%Count] ON 0, birthd.decade.MEMBERS ON 1 FROM patients WHERE diagd.osteoporosis
                             Patient Count
 1 1910s                                  2
 2 1920s                                  5
 3 1930s                                 10
 4 1940s                                  5
 5 1950s                                  *
 6 1960s                                  *
 7 1970s                                  *
 8 1980s                                  *
 9 1990s                                  *
10 2000s                                  *
11 2010s                                  *

The following query uses %LAST to get the last non-empty set of patients from the preceding set:

SELECT MEASURES.[%Count] ON 0, %LAST(birthd.decade.MEMBERS) ON 1 FROM patients WHERE diagd.osteoporosis
                             Patient Count
LAST                                      5

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