In general, year-to-date growth describes the comparing of two or more data over time. This comes in handy, if you want to examine the percental differences on specific attributs (i.e) sales against time periods, mostly fiscal years. This is often used by financial districts in searching for measure performances or trends against objectives.
To perform a calucaltion, which provides the year-to-date growth as a result, you should have some specific data or values available also meet the following settings. If you want to visualize the year-to-date growth on your data you have to set up:
In my example i'am going to use Tableau to visualize the year-to-date growth. More precisely i use the “Sample - Superstore Sales” excel-file, downlaodable form the homepage http://community.tableau.com/docs/DOC-1236
After setting my data sources, in this case “Orders”, i' am ready to choose my dimensions and measures from corresponding shelfs. Bearing in mind to meet the requirements, i' ve done the following steps: