Exercise: Create hierarchies on shopping centres and years

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Category ==> PowerPivot 2010  (26 exercises)
Topic ==> Hierarchies  (1 exercise)
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To start, if you haven't already done so run the script in the above folder to generate the MAM database (not for commercial use or copying). 

Import the Transaction, Pos, Calendar, Store, Centre and CentreType tables and make sure relationships are set up between them.

The aim of this exercise is to create the following pivot table using two hierarchies:

Average price by hierarchy

The table shows the average price by shopping centre type and year, but you can expand each of these to show more details for their respective hierarchies.


The first thing you'll need to do is to make sure that the Store table contains the centre and centre type too (you can use the RELATED function to do this).  The reason for this is that you can't mix columns from different tables in a hierarchy.

Now create two hierachies which will look like this in Excel:

The hierarchies needed

The two hierarchies you'll need to create.


Create a measure to show the average price, and use this to display the pivot table required:

Expanded store hierarchy Expanded time hierarchy
The store hierarchy expanded The time hierarchy

Save this workbook as Hierarchies, and close it down.

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