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Microsoft Tabular Modeling Cookbook

By : Paul te Braak
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Microsoft Tabular Modeling Cookbook

By: Paul te Braak

Overview of this book

Business Intelligence Semantic Models (BISM) is a technology that is designed to deliver analytical information to users through a variety of mechanisms that include model structure, definition, and design. This book demonstrates how to create BISM models so that information can be presented to users in an intuitive and easy-to-use format. Once the model is defined, we also show you how it can be managed and maintained so that the data in it remains current and secure. Microsoft Tabular Modeling Cookbook is an all-encompassing guide to developing, managing, creating, and using analytical models using the Business Intelligence Semantic Model (BISM). This title covers a range of modeling situations and common data analysis related problems to show you the techniques required to turn data into information using tabular modeling. Microsoft Tabular Modeling Cookbook examines three areas of tabular modeling: model development, model management and maintenance, and reporting. This book is a practical guide on how to develop semantic models and turn business data into information. It covers all phases of the model lifecycle from creation to administration and finally reporting. It also shows you how to create models which are designed to analyze data. All sections of BISM modeling from development to management and finally reporting are covered. The sections on development examine a wide range of techniques and tricks required to build models, including moving data into the model, structuring the model to manipulate the data, and finally the formulas required to answer common business questions; all of these are discussed in this book in detail. Finally, the book examines methods of reporting on the data within the model, including the creation of data-driven workbooks and reports for a powerful end user experience.
Table of Contents (18 chapters)
Microsoft Tabular Modeling Cookbook
About the Author
About the Reviewers

Using multiples (Trellis Charts)

The use of charts is a common way to understand relationships between data—of course, this is not unique to Power View, but applicable to analytics in general. However, as more data fields are added to the chart and the number of fields exceeds the axis number of the chart, the chart becomes more complex and difficult to read. One solution that has been used to combat this situation, is to reproduce a template chart based on a dimension—for example, we might show various charts with each chart showing data for a specific country. When this functionality is included in the charting engine, the output is commonly referred to as trellis charting.

This recipe shows how to implement trellis charting in Power View. This functionality is possible for most Power View charts (including maps).

Getting ready

This recipe uses the Sales Model 2013.xlsx workbook available from the online content. There is no dependency on prior recipes.

How to do it…

  1. The creation of a Trellis...