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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
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Parent-child hierarchies

Systems often store data in tables that store hierarchical information in a self-referencing (parent-child) relationship. With this design, a field in the table is used to reference the primary key (identifying record) within the same table. A common example of this type of relationship can be found in organizational structures where an employee has a manager field that specifies another employee's record. Another example includes a bill of materials, which defines a product made from subproducts, which may in turn be made up of other products, and so on.

This type of structure is very efficient for storage because the same table can be used for all items within the hierarchy; this allows for easy updates, insertions, and deletions. However, one issue with this type of structure is that the tree of items within the structure is not immediately visible to an end user. A common method to expose the structure is to flatten the relationship into a table, so that each...