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Expert Cube Development with SSAS Multidimensional Models

By : Alberto Ferrari, Marco Russon, Chris Webb
Book Image

Expert Cube Development with SSAS Multidimensional Models

By: Alberto Ferrari, Marco Russon, Chris Webb

Overview of this book

Table of Contents (19 chapters)
Expert Cube Development with SSAS Multidimensional Models
Credits
About the Authors
About the Reviewers
www.PacktPub.com
Preface
Index

Modeling ragged hierarchies


Ragged hierarchies are another common design problem to deal with when building an Analysis Services dimension. The hierarchies we've dealt with so far can be easily separated out into distinct levels and can be thought of as pyramid-shaped: all of the members on the hierarchy have at least one child, except the members on the lowest level, which have no children at all. Ragged hierarchies, on the other hand, are bush-shaped. The members at any given level may or may not have children. Common examples of ragged hierarchies are those that represent a chart of accounts or the organizational structure of a company.

Modeling parent/child hierarchies

One way of modeling a ragged hierarchy in a data warehouse is with a table with a self-join: every row in the table represents an item somewhere on the hierarchy, and every row has a key column and a foreign key that joins back onto the key column in order to store the key of the parent item. Here's an example taken from...