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cGuideline

Advanced Multidimensional Reporting
Product(s): IBM Cognos 8 Report Studio Area of Interest: Report Design

Advanced Multidimensional Reporting

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Contents
1 2 3 3.1 3.2 3.3 4 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 5 6 6.1 6.1.1 6.1.2 6.1.3 6.1.4 6.2 6.3 INTRODUCTION ............................................................................................ 4 SEGMENTATION OF DATA............................................................................. 4 FILTERING .................................................................................................... 6 FILTER CONTEXT...................................................................................................7 SORTING............................................................................................................8 RANKING ............................................................................................................8 COMPLEX AXIS DEFINITION ...................................................................... 10 LAYOUT SPECIFICATION ........................................................................................ 10 NESTING.......................................................................................................... 10 UNIONING ........................................................................................................ 12 PERFORMANCE ................................................................................................... 14 SUMMARY ................................................................................................... 15APPENDICES ............................................................................................... 16 APPENDIX A - MULTIDIMENSIONAL MODELS ................................................................ 16 What is a member?.......................................................................................... 16 Dimensions and facts....................................................................................... 16 Hierarchies and levels ...................................................................................... 16 Set Expressions ............................................................................................... 18 APPENDIX B – ADVANCED RANKING EXAMPLES ............................................................. 19 APPENDIX C – COMPLEX AXIS EXAMPLE...
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