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SAS OLAP Cubes: Percent of Total MDX Calculation

Submitted by on December 6, 2011 – 7:00 am

MDX is a powerful tool for building custom calculations in SAS OLAP cubes.  Here is a good example of computing the percent of total for a given measure and given hierarchy in a dimension.  This code is written as part of the PROC OLAP procedure.

DEFINE Member “[SGF].[Measures].[Percent of Total Sales]” AS


  [Product].[Product].CurrentMember, [Measures].[SalesSum])/


       , [Measures].[SalesSum]) = 0

  OR   ([Product].[Product].CurrentMember.Parent

       , [Measures].[SalesSum]) = NULL

       , ([Product].[Product].CurrentMember

       , [Measures].[SalesSum])

       , ([Product].[Product].CurrentMember.Parent

      , [Measures].[SalesSum])


The important thing to realize here is that this MDX code is specific to a hierarchy.  I have made the hierarchy references bold in the example above to show this.  I will go into how to make this part of the code dynamic in a future post.  This MDX calculation does basic division to compute a percentage by using the “CurrentMember” and “Parent” MDX functions to dynamically reference aggregations at the parent or “total” level for a given measure.

Here is the example output:

SAS BI OLAP Cube MDX Calculation Examples

SAS BI OLAP Cube MDX Calculation Examples

Example code and data can be found here: http://stephenoverton.net/SASCode/SGF2011/.

Bryan Stines and I wrote a paper for SAS Global Forum 2011 called  Measures, Members, and Sets, Oh My! Advanced OLAP Techniques, which also describes this technique.

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