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How To Show Which StatisticaI ModeIs the Demantra AnaIyticaI Engine Forecasted in a

End User Worksheet. [ID 831193.1]



Modified 07-OCT-2010 Type HOWTO Status MODERATED
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GoaI
How do you show the blending of Statistical Models used by the Analytical Engine, stored on
the back end in the Mdp_Matrix.Models column, in a Worksheet so that End Users can query on
it?


SoIution
A1. Since there are many potential combinations of models that are used for each good for
forecast combination (ex. FJBKL, B, JK, None, SBK, etc..) and the fact that the display is a
string value and not a numeric value, viewing these results at an aggregated level is difficult.
For example, if you run the worksheet as a hypothetical Product Family Level/Distribution
Center level then that might roll up hundreds or thousands of unique mdp_matrix.models values
as opposed to for example a hypothetical SKU / Ship To level which might roll up just one or a
small handful of unique mdp_matrix.models values.

This is because unlike a numeric series like Forecast Override, which is aggregated with a Sum
function, with the Mdp_Matrix.Models you are limited to either min(mdp_matrix.models) or
max(mdp_matrix.models) as your Series Server Expression.
Basically where you could aggregate Forecast Override values of 7, 3, 20, and 15 to a higher
level resulting in 45 being returned in the worksheet you can't aggregate FJBKL, B, JK, None,
SBK into some sort of aggregated value cleanly.

The best way to make this Mdp_Matrix.Models column useful to end users would be to create
two unique series in which one series would have a Server Expression of
min(mdp_matrix.models) and the second series would have max(mdp_matrix.models). Then
you would have a third series that would have a Color Expression where Min and Max didn't
match so at least the users would know that the value in the worksheet (ex. FJBKL) might also
have other values like B, JK, None, SBK underneath it.

The worksheets should be run at the lowest levels possible so that that the results are as pure
as possible and that you don't have too many unique Model Combinations in that series.
The following describes the general properties of a series that would mine the
Mdp_Matrix.Models column using the Create Series function in the Demantra Business Modeler
- mdp_matrix table (usually the majority of Series are on the Sales_Data table)
- string data type (not numeric)
- DO NOT ALLOW Demantra to create a new column in mdp_matrix when the option is
presented.
- Server expression with the following value:
min(mdp_matrix.models)