Oracle® OLAP DML Reference 11g Release 1 (11.1) Part Number B2812601 


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The LAGPCT function returns the percentage difference between the value of a dimensioned variable or expression at a specified offset of a dimension prior to the current value of that dimension and the current value of the dimensioned variable or expression.
See also:
"Using LAGPCT"Return Value
DECIMAL or NA
when you try to lag prior to the first period of a dimension of a time dimension.
Syntax
LAGPCT(variable, n, [dimension], [STATUSNOSTATUSlimitclause] )
Arguments
A variable or expression that is dimensioned by dimension.
The offset (that is, the number of dimension values) to lag. LAGPCT uses this value to determine the number of values that LAGPCT should go back in dimension to retrieve the value of variable. Typically, n is a positive INTEGER
that indicates the number of time periods (or dimension values) before the current one. When you specify a negative value for n, it indicates the number of time periods after the current one. In this case, LAGPCT compares the current value of the time series with a subsequent value.
The dimension along which the lag 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 LAGPCT to use that dimension, you can omit the dimension argument.
Specifies that LAGPCT should use the current status list (that is, only the dimension values currently in status in their current status order) when computing the lag.
(Default) Specifies that LAGPCT should use the default status (that is, a list all the dimension values in their original order) when computing the lag.
Specifies that LAGPCT should use the default status limited by limitclause when computing the lag.
The syntax of limitclause is the same syntax as any of the limitclause arguments in the various forms of the LIMIT command (that is, the syntax of the LIMIT command after the limittype argument such as "TO"). For the syntax of these arguments, see LIMIT (using values) command, LIMIT using LEVELREL command, LIMIT command (using parent relation), LIMIT (using related dimension) command, LIMIT NOCONVERT command, and LIMIT command (using POSLIST).
To specify that LAG should use the current status limited by limitclause when computing the lag, specify a LIMIT function for limitclause.
Notes
Formula Used by LAGPCT
To obtain its results, LAGPCT uses the following formula.
(currentvalue  previousvalue) / previousvalue
When the Previous Value of the Time Series Used by LAGPCT is Zero
When the previous value of the time series used by LAGPCT is zero, the result LAGPCT returns is determined by the DIVIDEBYZERO option. When DIVIDEBYZERO is set to NO
, an error occurs. When DIVIDEBYZERO is set to YES
, LAGPCT returns NA
.
Examples
Example 83 Using LAGPCT
Suppose you have a variable called sales
that is dimensioned by a hierarchical dimension named time
, and dimensions called district
and products
. Assume also that there is a dimension named timelevels
that contains the names of the levels of the time
dimension (that is, Month
and Year
) and a relation named timelevelrel
that is dimensioned by time
and that has values from timelevels
(that is, the related dimension of timelevelrel
is timelevels
).
You can compare racquet sales in Dallas for 2000 with sales for 1999 by using the LAG function to show 199 values. You can use the LAGPCT function to calculate the percentage difference between the two. You can multiply the value LAGPCT returns by 100 and include a percent sign to display the difference as percentage points.
ALLSTAT LIMIT product TO 'Racquets' LIMIT district TO 'Dallas' LIMIT TIME TO '2000' REPORT DOWN time sales HEADING 'Last Year'  LAG(sales, 1, time, time LEVELREL timelevelrel) HEADING 'LAGPCT (Decimal Format)'  LAGPCT(sales, 1, time LEVELREL timelevelrel)  HEADING 'LAGPCT (Percent Format)' rset '%'  LAGPCT(sales, 1, time LEVELREL timelevelrel) * 100
produce this report.
DISTRICT: Dallas PRODUCT racquets LAGPCT LAGPCT (Decimal (Percent TIME SALES Last Year Format) Format)      2000 93,000,003 89,000,891 0.04 4.49%