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Simple way to see a date's sum?

I have a lot of goals that get many data points posted to them per day. A question I often have is, “What’s the sum of this goal’s data points for this specific date?” It doesn’t seem like there’s an easy way to get that answer.

  • Adding them up myself is tedious.
  • Writing a script feels like overkill.
  • Downloading a CSV and opening it in a spreadsheet program is cumbersome and not mobile-friendly.

Am I missing something? And, if not, could something to make this easier be added to the Statistics tab?


Are you always looking for sum, or are you looking for the aggday result for a particular date?

I would really like a way to get the aggday result.

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Aggday to begin with, but multiple views of the same data is on my wishlist too.

A cool feature for client-side graphs would be to toggle into histogram view, which would show an aggregated (but not cumulative) view of the data.

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@adamwolf Hmm, hadn’t really thought about it. Usually I am looking for sum, I think. If it was based on aggday, would that mean I’d be required to convert the goal to a custom goal in order to get that info?

@philip Histogram view sounds intriguing. So I’d be able to see what proportion of days I entered a total value over 2, for instance? Or am I incorrectly imagining how that would work?

@narthur I bet you’re usually looking for sum because your goal’s aggdays are mostly set to sum. :slight_smile:

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@adamwolf They aren’t currently; but, yes, they definitely could be.

I imagine so. In my head, it’s a bar chart that shows the aggregated (default is the sum) data value each day.

Loads of people expect to see that sort of view instead of our cumulative graphs, but @grayson explains why cumulative graphs are better for goal-tracking.

I can see value in being able to toggle between different views of the data.