Returns all descendants of the specified member, or those down to the specified generation or level. This function excludes the specified member.


@DESCENDANTS (mbrName [, genLevNum| genLevName])
Parameter Description


Any valid single member name or member combination, or a function that returns a single member or member combination.


Optional. An integer value that defines the absolute generation or level number down to which to select the members. A positive integer defines a generation number. A value of 0 or a negative integer defines a level number.


Optional. Level name or generation name down to which to select the members.


  • You can use this member set function as a parameter of another function, where that parameter is a list of members.

  • Essbase sorts the generated list of members starting with the nearest descendant of the member, followed by the next nearest descendant of the member, and so on. In the Sample.Basic database, if you specify @DESCENDANTS(100), Essbase returns 100-10, 100-20, 100-30 (in that order). This order is important to consider when you use the @DESCENDANTS member set function with certain forecasting and statistical functions.

  • You can use @IDESCENDANTS, to include the specified member.

  • You can use @RDESCENDANTS and @IRDESCENDANTS to include descendants of shared members.


In the Sample Basic database:


returns New York, Massachusetts, Florida, Connecticut, and New Hampshire (in that order).


returns Margin, Sales, COGS, Total Expenses, Marketing, Payroll, and Misc (in that order).


returns East, West, South, and Central (in that order).


returns 100-20, 200-20, and 300-30 (in that order).

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