|Oracle® OLAP DML Reference
10g Release 1 (10.1)
Part Number B10339-02
The LEAD function returns the values of a dimensioned variable or expression at a specified offset of a dimension subsequent to the current value of that dimension. Typically, you use the LEAD function to retrieve values for a future time period.
The data type of the variable argument or
NA when you try to retrieve a value from beyond the last period defined for the time dimension.
LEAD(variable, n, [time-dimension], [[STATUS|NOSTATUS|limit-clause] )
A variable or expression that is dimensioned by dimension.
The offset (that is, the number of dimension values) to lead. LEAD uses this value to determine the number of values that LEAD should go ahead in dimension to retrieve the value of variable. (See "Negative n Value".) To count the values, LEAD uses the default status, unless you use the STATUS keyword or the limit-clause argument to specify a different dimension status.
The dimension along which the lead occurs. While this can be any dimension, it is typically a hierarchical time dimension of type TEXT that is limited to a single level (for example, the month or year level) or a dimension with a type of DAY, WEEK, MONTH, QUARTER, or YEAR.
When variable has a dimension with a type of DAY, WEEK, MONTH, QUARTER, or YEAR and you want LEAD to use that dimension, you can omit the dimension argument.
Specifies that LEAD should use the current status list (that is, only the dimension values currently in status in their current status order) when computing the lead.
Specifies that LEAD should use the default status (that is, a list all the dimension values in their original order) when computing the lead.
Specifies that LEAD should use the default status limited by limit-clause when computing the lead. You can use any valid LIMIT clause (see the entry for the LIMIT command for further information). To specify that LEAD should use the current status limited by limit-clause when computing the lead, specify a LIMIT function for limit-clause.
Normally, n is a positive integer that indicates the number of time periods (or dimension values) after the current one. When you specify a negative value for n, it indicates the number of time periods before the current one. In effect, using a negative value for n turns LEAD into a LAG function.
Example 15-37 Using LEAD
Assume that you have a
sales variable that is dimensioned by three dimensions of the TEXT type (named
time dimension is a hierarchical dimension with the following values.
1999 2000 Jan1999 Feb1999 ... Dec1999 Jan2000 Feb2000 ... Dec2000
Also, assume that there is a dimension named
timelevels that contains the names of the levels of the
time dimension (that is,
Year) and a relation named
timelevelrel that is dimensioned by
time and that has values from
timelevels (that is, the related dimension of
timelevels). A report of
timelevelrel shows these relationships.
TIME TIMELEVELREL -------------- ------------ 1999 Year 2000 Year Jan1999 Month Feb1999 Month ... ... Dec1999 Month Jan2000 Month Feb2000 Month ... ... Dec2000 Month
Suppose you want to compare racquet sales in Dallas for the first two months of 1999 with sales for the corresponding months of 2000. You can use the LEAD function to produce the values from 2000 in the same report with the 1999 values. The following statements
LIMIT product TO 'Racquets' LIMIT district TO 'Dallas' LIMIT time TO 'JAN1999' 'FEB1999' REPORT DOWN time sales HEADING 'Following Year' LEAD(sales, 12, time, time LEVELREL timelevelrel)
produce this report.
DISTRICT: DALLAS -------PRODUCT------- ------RACQUETS------- TIME SALES Following Year -------------- ---------- --------------------- Jan2000 118,686.75 125,879.86 Feb2000 142,305.99 150,833.64