Analysis :: Total Calculation With Filter For Parallel Period

Nov 30, 2015

I have developed a cube in my work place for analyzing current year sales with previous year sales in Time Hierarchy (Year- Quarter- Month) using Parallel period. If we want to see data for particular Quarters i.e. Q1 and Q2 then total at the year level should also get change. Currently if we only choose 2 quarters in the filter then current year data gets change, however data using parallel period is not getting change accordingly and its shows Total of full year.

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Analysis :: Parallel Period Sliced By Other Dimensions

Aug 4, 2015

I have make a calculated member for previous period of an given date range.  The previous period is the same date range from the previous year, and I have managed to achieve that with the calculated member:

Create member currentcube.[Measures].[PrevPeriod] as
(ParallelPeriod( [Start Date].[Cal Hierarchy].[Year], 1, [Start Date].[CAL Hierarchy].CurrentMember), [Measures].[Count]);

This member returns the correct result as long as my query uses the time dimension, which makes sense... but I also need to show results sliced by other dimensions in bar charts that do not display the time dimension.  For example, I have a dimension with only 3 members called [Region].[Area].[AreaName].

The result set for the bar chart needs to look like this:

[AreaName] | [Count] | [PrevPeriod]
East            |    43      |       56
West           |    53      |       95

But the [PrevPeriod] only returns values if I include the time dimension.  I essentially need to sum the results of the time dimension/AreaName/[PrevPeriod] tuple down to just Areaname/[PrevPeriod] for whatever date range may be involved.

I don't know if this is significant to the issue, but the client tool that generates the bar charts builds the query with the date range as a subcube in the FROM statement.  If the [PrevPeriod] is outside of the subcube that is still OK, as long as the time dimension is included in an Axis on the final select statement, so at least I know I am not suffering from the members inside the subcube.  I've also found in SSMS that it makes no difference if I make the query a subcube, or put the date range in a where clause instead;  I still get NULL for [PrevPeriod] without the dates.

I can't imagine that this is an unusual situation, so I hope I've explained it adequately!  What is the recommended technique for summarizing a Parallelperiod by dimensions without displaying the time/dates ?

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Analysis :: Parallel-period Equivalent For A Time Range?

Jan 27, 2009

Our client wants to report on their trade volume for last year as compared to the current quarter. For simplicity let's pretend they have a report where they have a two key measures:

[Trade Volume - Tons]
[Trade Volume - Tons MTD]
[Trade Volume - Tons]

is based on outlook - that is, for any period we are reporting on the trade volume will be reported as actuals that have been loaded up until the current period, and forecast for the current and future periods.

[Trade Volume - Tons MTD] is based only on actuals - that is for any period we are reporting on the trade volume will be reported as actuals that have been loaded up until and including the current period, and 0 for any future periods.

If Feb09 is our current period, and we are using quarter on the time dimension (where quarter 1=Jan09,Feb09,Mar09) and we have the following data:

Jan09 Trade Volume Actual: 100 Trade Volume Forecast: 150
Feb09 Trade Volume Actual: 50 Trade Volume Forecast: 200
March09 Trade Volume Actual: 75 Trade Volume Forecast: 225


[Trade Volume - Tons]=100+200+225=525
[Trade Volume - Tons MTD]=100+50=150

This is a problem, because the comparison with their current results ([Trade Volume - Tons MTD]) with what they 'forecast' ([Trade Volume - Tons]) is not based on the same period of time - we are comparing the sum of two periods versus three periods.To solve this we changed the reporting period to be monthly granularity, and now select Jan09-Feb09 as our range (as opposed to having a quarter granularity and selecting Q1,2009 in the example above).

This works well and produces the expected results:

[Trade Volume - Tons]=100+200=350
[Trade Volume - Tons MTD]=100+50=150

However, this introduces a secondary problem: we are doing a prior year calculation on the Trade Volume also, so the users can compare how the actuals are comparing to the same period last year.To do this we use the following formula for the prior year calculation:

Prior Year Actuals=([Measures].[Trade Volume - Tons], ParallelPeriod([Time].[544 Hierarchy].[Period Year],1,[Time].[544 Hierarchy].currentmember))

The problem is as soon as we move from quarter granularity to (monthly granularity AND select more than one monthly period) the Prior Year Actuals calculation produces a an error "The MDX function CURRENTMEMBER failed because the coordinate for the 'Period Year' attribute contains a set".So, ParallelPeriod does not like it when currentmember is a range (Jan09,Feb09) rather than a single period (Jan09).

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Analysis :: How To Create Parallel Period For Multiple Measures In SSAS 2012

Mar 27, 2012

I am trying to create a calculated member for parallel period function using ssas 2012. I have 10 measures for which i need to create parallelperiod. 

I can successfully create for 1 measure but when i add multiple values to it it breaks. Below is the sample i tried for multiple measures:

sum(ParallelPeriod([Date].[Calendar].[year],1,[Date].[Calendar].currentmember) ,

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I cannot understand why Total of calculated member is displayed incorrect. How should I change calculated member for it to work correctly?

Calculated Member:
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Sep 9, 2015

I have been following the tutorial/blog post HERE to create an annualization (or "run rate") of my Gross Amount measure.  What I want to do now is exclude any period that is not "complete".  

For example, if today is 9/9 then Q3 is not complete - only Q1 and Q2 are complete.  And if I'm looking at it monthly then January through August are complete, but September is not.

Cells B5 and D5 look exactly as I expect and want them to be. On row 6 below under each "Gross Annualized" value I have basically just put the formula for what it's actually doing.

What I would like to see in the blue cell is $67,211,697,268 - essentially the most recent annualization for a completed period. The annualization for Q3 is misleading because the quarter has not yet completed.  There's $16b in Q1 and $17b in Q2, so the measly $78m in Q3 (yellow cell) is dragging the annualization down significantly. Even worse, the Gross Amount for Q4 is being treated as a $0.00, which is further dragging down the "2015 Gross Annualized" amount in blue. In a T-SQL average calculation, for example, I think the green cell would be treated as NULL rather than $0.  That's kind of the behavior I want.

So I would like to do two things:

Create a calculation (probably just a 0 or 1 flag) that indicates whether the current period is complete or not.  Again, using 9/9/2015 as an example, Q2 would be complete but Q3 would not be. And August would be complete, but September would not. Make the blue cell show $67,211,697,268 - an annualization based on completed quarters only.

For whatever it's worth here is the current calculation for Gross Annualized.

YTD([Pay Date].[Calendar].CurrentMember)
,[Measures].[Gross Amount]),
FORMAT_STRING = "Currency",

[Code] .....

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Now, on my report, everything looks great, except, I can not get the grand total of the worked hours.

I think I need some function in my totalHours field, but I don't know how to write this.

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In my testing, when I use a Parallel.foreach loop, I am able to obtain and log information about the object such as end time and time to process immediately after each object is processed.  This allows me to keep a history of processing time for each object:

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I have a date dimension with below Hieararchy:


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Below calculated measure would show the holdings for whatever the level you have specified.

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for month,([Measures].[Holdings],ClosingPeriod( [DIM BI DATE].[Calendar].[Month],
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But my aim is to create a calculated measure to give closing value for any level.

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1           200
1          600
2          700
3         900

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I already calculate median and I've tried to calculate rolling median over a period of 3 years as below.


What this does is, it calculates the median of the medians over the period of 3 years. But, what I'm looking for is the overall median of the underlying measure over a period of 3 years.

What I have now:

Year1 - 41,52,73;  Median1 - 52
Year2 - 6,9,12;  Median2- 9
Year3 - 24,68,89; Median3 - 68
Overall Median of 9,52,68 - 52

What I need:

Year1 - 41,52,73;  Median1 - 52
Year2 - 6,9,12;  Median2- 9
Year3 - 24,68,89; Median3 - 68

Overall Median of 41,52,73,6,9,12,24,68,89 is 41 

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I have a set of data and calculated already the average of a specific measure, incl. the Standarddeviation of this measure. Now I want to create a average measure of the values on row level which arehigher than [Avg]-[StdDev] AND lower of [Avg]+[StDev].As far as I understand I have to check on Rowlevel, which means on Date and Brand Level, if the value of the measure is above or lower than the Mean +/- StdDev.

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Oct 8, 2015

Need to resolve this calculation, which I would believe is something very common on SSAS environments. 

Like many companies, my company has different ways of calculating Sales and the two I want to focus are Sales Gross and Sales Net. 

At a high level, we calculate Sales Gross as Sales with returns, and Sales Net as Sales without returns.

We have an attribute called Order Type that has various types of orders a user can execute with my company. One of them is Returns. If you return something back to us, we record that as a return line on the sales table. With that, we can calculate that return, breaking data down by Order Type, such as:

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Internet Orders $ 2,211,334.00

Call Center Orders $ 11,223,344.00

Credit Orders  $ (55,666.00)

Today, to calculate Sales Gross and Sales Net, we are creating two dimensions: DimSalesGross and DimSalesNet. 

To calculate Sales Gross, we leave the data at the natural state, not making any changes to mappings. 

To calculate Sales Net, we map Credit Orders to Call Center Orders at the ETL level, getting a Net value for sales (Orders - Returns), however, I doubt this is the correct way of doing. 

I would like to have a Line Total Net / Line Total Gross calculation, which would be based on the Order Type value.

Perhaps using a CASE statement in MDX? Is the above possible?

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My final calculation will be [avg sick days] =  [measures].[sick days] / [measures].[total staff]

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I'm trying to get [total staff] to return the total when it's used with [person] or [department]. I've managed to get it to work with [person] by using ROOT([Person]) but then I will need to do this for all different hierarchies that will use it.

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Category Year1
Year2    ..... MDX what I have now
MDX what I need

A    A1
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A2 1
0 1 1
A3 0
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this=(IIF([Measures].[Sales Units]=0,NULL,(([Item Dimension].[Item Structure].CURRENTMEMBER,[Measures].[Count]/[Item Dimension].[Item Structure].CURRENTMEMBER,[Measures].[Sales Units])*1000000)));

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If I create one YTD and try to use in context of three calendars in SCOPE statements then it does not give my right results. Following is my syntax but It does not work.

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[Code] ....

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2      1      50
3      1     45

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