2 OLAP Functions

The OLAP functions extend the syntax of the SQL analytic functions. This syntax is familiar to SQL developers and DBAs, so you can adopt it more easily than proprietary OLAP languages and APIs. Using the OLAP functions, you can create all standard calculated measures, including rank, share, prior and future periods, period-to-date, parallel period, moving aggregates, and cumulative aggregates.

This chapter describes the OLAP functions. It contains these topics: