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# Data Warehousing - Online Analytical Processing Server (OLAP) ## Documentation regarding OLAP Database (Tutorial Found [Here]( Definition: *"[OLAP] is computer processing that enables a user to easily and selectively extract and view data from different points of view"* (Definition taken from [Margaret Rouse's article]( **NOTES**: + I added SQL syntax to as many of the visuals as I could to be more helpful in understanding these concepts as they relate to relational databases. + I am using **PostgreSQL** syntax for this iteration. + More to come :) # Table of Contents 1. [Relational OLAP](#rolap) + [Data Cube](#datacube) + [Data Mart](#datamart) + [Delivery Process](#deliveryprocess) + [Three-Tier Data Warehouse Architecture](#threetier) 2. [OLAP Operations](#olapOper) + [Roll-Up Operations](#rollupoper) + [Drill Down Operations](#drilldownoper) + [Slice Operations](#sliceoper) + [Dice Operations](#diceoper) 3. [Schemas](#schemas) + [Cube Schema](#cubeschema) + [Star Schema](#starschema) + [Snow Flake Schema](#snowflakeschema) 4. [Entity Relationship Models](#erm) 5. [Sources Cited](#sourcescited) ## Four types of OLAP servers: + Relational OLAP (ROLAP) + Multidimensional OLAP (MOLAP) + Hybrid OLAP (HOLAP) + Specialized SQL Servers ## Relational OLAP <a name='rolap'></a> These servers are placed between a relational back-end server and client front-end tool. For its ability to store and manage data, ROLAP uses relational/extended-relational DBMS (Database Management Systen). We typically model OLAP with a **Data Cube**. Important to note: + ROLAP are highly scalable + Analyze large volumes of data across dimensions ### Data Cube <a name='datacube'></a> These help us model our data in multiple dimensions. Best way to show is by examples provided by the tutorial, so say we have a 2-D representation of our sales records with respect to one location *New Delhi*: ![alt-text]( **SQL** Syntax: SELECT * FROM tbl1 WHERE location = 'New Delhi'; This works well at describing our data but say we wanted to expand on the `location` table a little more, by say adding two other locations (*Gurgaon* and *Mumbai*), then the new 2-D table isn't as intuitive as before: ![alt-text]( **SQL** Syntax: SELECT * FROM tbl1 WHERE location = 'Gurgaon' OR location = 'New Delhi' OR location = 'Mumbai'; So we create a 3-D table or **Data Cube** for this new query which makes more intuitive sense than the previous image: ![alt-title]( **SQL** Syntax: Same as previous query This **Data Cube** is then the basis for our relational database, and will help in understanding the dissection and ultimately data analysis for our company/entity. A process known as **Data Mart** ### Data Mart <a name='datamart'></a> Once we begin to understand the relationship of our database, we can begin creating *queries* for specific target groups, this is referred to as **Data Mart**. An example of this would be say your company is interested in data specific to a certain program that a specific branch your company operates under. Therefore **Data Marts** are very specific pieces of information confined to subjects. Here is an image from the tutorial to give a visual representation: ![alt-title]( ### Delivery Process <a name='deliveryprocess'></a> The next step in the tutorial goes into **Delivery Process** which you can read up on [here](, but with respect to *data analysis* this is the step where we go into the database and do what is called **Data Wrangling**. This process involves extracting the data, cleaning the data, and transforming the data to fit our reporting/analysis needs. I won't go into too much detail about this section, because this section is more of a 'you should know how to do' section and 'better to do than to show examples' area. But it is important to note in this file for the sake of teaching OLAP. ### Three-Tier Data Warehouse Architecture <a name='threetier'></a> + **Bottom Tier** - This is the data warehouse database server. So a **MySQL** database, **PostgreSQL** database, or **Microsoft Access SQL** database. + **Middle Tier** - This is the **Relational Data Cube** and in our case the OLAP server. + **Top Tier** - This is the Front End Client Layer so this can be a **Third Party Database**, Typically a website used to present the information stored so that the *data analysis* can take place! From here we will go into OLAP operations available for the **Middle Tier** of this Three-Tier Data Warehouse Architecture since this is the area that must be **Normalized** and developed properly to ensure consistent and reliable data extraction. # OLAP Operations <a name='olapOper'></a> OLAP servers run on multidimensional view of data, the operations will be discussed in multidimensional data. Example of a multidimensional OLAP cube from the previous example: ![alt-title]( **SQL** Syntax: SELECT * FROM tbl1; List of OLAP operations: + Roll-Up (Drill-up or aggregation operation) + Drill-down + Slice and Dice ### Roll-Up Operation <a name='rollupoper'></a> Roll-Up refers to the aggregaton of a **Data Cube** in one of two ways: + Climbing a concept hierarchy for a dimension + By dimension reduction #### Example 1 So say we have a table as follows and we wanted to lump cities into their respective countries so that if we were to create a report it would be more readable and ultimately more 'human-friendly', we would perform Roll-Up as follows. Roll-Up Example: ![alt-title]( This concept is referred to as **Concept Hierarchy** where 'street < city < province < country'. #### Example 2 Example (Borrowed from [OLAP's article about OLAP Operations]( Say for our original query we have a table set up so that we can see the relationship with the respective week (in our case week1 and week2) and the temperatures associated with these weeks. As shown here: ![alt-title]( Now say we wanted to create 3 levels that are more user friendly, and we decide to create these levels as such: + hot (80-85) + mild (70-79) + cool (64-69) The Roll-Up Operations would then create this new query: ![alt-title]( Thus for this example we have the concept hierarchy as 'hot > day >week' **SQL** Syntax: SELECT weeks, COUNT(CASE WHEN temperature >= 64 AND temperature < 69) AS cool COUNT(CASE WHEN temperature >= 69 AND temperature < 79) AS mild COUNT(CASE WHEN temperature >= 80 AND temperature =< 85) AS hot FROM tbl1 group by weeks; That's a succint overview of the Roll-Up operation, although you will often find your self doing these without knowing the proper name. For now I am creating documentation to fully understand the processes of database management and warehousing. ### Drill-Down Operation <a name='drilldownoper'></a> This procedure is the opposite of *roll-up*, you can do this process either way: + Stepping down the hierarchy + Introducing a new dimension This example shows a pretty good demonstration, where our data was originally in *quarters*, but we did a *drill-down* procedure to receive monthly information. ![alt-title]( Super simple concept no real need to go into too much detail, aside from showing a *SQL* query doing *drill-down* (Which will be added later..) ### Slice Operation <a name='sliceoper'></a> *Slicing* is the process of selecting one particular dimension from a cube, giving us a new sub-cube. Again picture diagram showcases this best: ![alt-title]( To reiterate we *sliced* to only receive information with respect to *Q1*. Very common practice in *SQL* **SQL** Syntax: SELECT * FROM tbl1 WHERE time = 'Q1'; ### Dice Operation <a name='diceoper'></a> This process is similar to *slice*, but instead we go about with two or more dimensions. So to give context using the last example, we are using both *Q1* and *Q2* as well as only picking two specific locations, *Vancouver* and *Toronto*. **SQL** Syntax: SELECT * FROM tbl1 WHERE (location = 'Toronto' OR location = 'Vancouver') AND (time = 'Q1' OR time = 'Q2'); # Schemas <a name='schemas'></a> A schema is defined as a collection of database objects (tables) that are associated with a set database. Here I'll quick overview of some of the most common schemas but of course I do recommend reading up documentation since they will explain it way better than myself. ### Cube Schema <a name='cubeschema'></a> ### Star Schema <a name='starschema'></a> Perhaps the most commonly used, *star schema* builds on having the *fact table* as the central focus where the *dimension tables* surround the *fact table* (hence the appropriate name) Here is a diagram of a simple *star schema* (Provided by [Wikipedia]( <img src=''> Some downsides to *star schema* include the non-normalization of the dimension table ### Snowflake Schema <a name='snowflakeschema'></a> Similar to the *star schema*, the *snowflake schema* has a similar design except this design tries to also normalize the *dimension tables*. Here is a diagram of a simple *snowflake schema* (Provided by [Wikipedia]( <img src=''> Each schema has its usefulness in different applications, and what you will find in real world applications that schemas will be a mix of these and other schema types. Gaining context as to how schemas are blue-printed will help you in creating effective queries when doing data analysis so it helps to have the *entity–relationship model* in hand to be able to reference and use the appropriate keys to join tables. # Entity Relationship Models <a name='erm'></a> When going about creating a database it helps to be able to blue-print your design to be able to effectively create a database. The way we blue-print databases is through *Entity Relationship Models* A simple example using a database we will be referencing in part 3, the *Northwind* Database is shown here: <img src=''> # Conclusions So that was a quick run-through of some important database concepts. Although not exhaustive it does help give context when you start applying **SQL** queries for analysis. I do recommended reading the *Sources Cited* section to get some rich resources relating to *Data Warehousing*. <!-- ## Click [Here]( for part 2 of this series --> # Sources Cited <a name='sourcescited'></a> + [TutorialsPoint's Data Warehousing Tutorial]( + [Concept Hierarchies Tutorial And Examples]( + [SearchDataManagement's Definition of OLAP](


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