2013 | OriginalPaper | Chapter
Managing Complex Multidimensional Data
Author : Torben Bach Pedersen
Published in: Business Intelligence
Publisher: Springer Berlin Heidelberg
Multidimensional database concepts such as cubes, dimensions with hierarchies, and measures are a cornerstone of business intelligence. However, the standard data models and system implementations (OLAP) for multidimensional databases are sometimes not able to capture the complexities of advanced real-world application domains. This lecture will focus on how to manage such complex multidimensional data, including complex dimension hierarchies, complex measures, and integration of multidimensional data with complex external data. We will look at how complex multidimensional data emerge in complex application domains such as medical data, location-based services, music data, web data, and text data, and present solutions for these domains that support multidimensional business intelligence.