This function returns the number of children of the
specified member in the specified dimension in a specified database.
This function is designed specifically to allow you to view how many
child level members there are under a specific aggregate. The function
displays the number of child level member under the specified parent
level member in a database. The function takes as a parameter the
name of the database , the name of the dimension and the name of the
member in that dimension which is an aggregate member and may contain
one or more child level members.
The function has the following syntax:-
(database, dimension, member)
Explained below are the 3 parameters that have to
be provided when building this function.
- Database : Enter the name of the database which
has the dimension and that you want to access / enter the cell
reference which has the name of this Database.
- Dimension : Enter the name of the dimension
which exists in this database mentioned above and is the dimension
whose members you wish to access /enter the cell reference which
has the name of such a dimension.
- Member : Enter the name of the member which
is an aggregate level member and will contain one or more child
level members , which count you want to ascertain. / enter the
cell reference which has the name of such a member.
- If a connection is not established with a database
the result will be a #value.
- The dimension and in it the member name, must
exist within this database and it should be referenced by the
accurate and exact name.
- The member referenced in the "Member"
parameter should be a parent (aggregate) member having one or
more than one child or else the formula will return a value of
- All arguments are compulsory and neither argument
This function may be easier to understand with an
- In order to build this function with more ease,
open the specific database and bring a slice from that database
into Excel. In this way you will have connected to PowerOLAP because
you now have the OLAPOpen formula automatically on your sheet
when you bring a slice of the cube into Excel.
- In Excel, use the menu: Insert -> Function
and select PowerOLAP from the drop down list.
- Choose the OLAPChildCount function from the
list of functions provided and click "Ok".
- When building the formula enter the cell range
for the database name, the dimension name, and the member name
(if it exists on the sheet) whose children level members you wish
to count. If you don't want to manually enter the member you can
use another function called OLAPMember in order to get this value
and then use that cell as a reference for a formula.
- In the following example B1 is the cell that
holds the database name, B5 is the name of the dimension that
contains the aggregate (parent level) member which is referenced
in D8 and it is the count of children for this member which should
The above formula returns a value = 3 which
signifies that in the database "Acuity" (B1), in the dimension
Time (Periods) (B5) , for the parent member Qtr_3 (D8) there are children
level members to the count of 3.