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Posted by Andy Brown on 16 May 2011
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Summary of Jargon
Unfortunately, Analysis Services is absolutely full of jargon. This page summarises some terms to start us off.
Dimensions, Measures and Facts
The main terms used for a cube are as follows:
|Term||What it means|
|Dimension||A cube has one or more dimensions: here there are two, since we are showing the number of Oscars by studio and director.|
|Measure||A measure is any statistic being reported (here the number of films for each combination of dimension).|
|Measure group||Where there are two or more statistics, these form a measure group. For example, if we were reporting the total number of Oscar nominations and the total number of Oscars won for each film, these two measures would form a measure group.|
|Fact table||A fact table is a table which isnâ€™t being used as a dimension: here the tblFilm table containing the Oscars data is a fact table.|
Here is an illustration of dimensions and measures:
If you want to read on, the next tutorial in this series is on Visual Studio and Business Intelligence Development Studio.