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jakobjensen
Contributor II
Contributor II

Link one-to-many using the load-script whithout changing name of the linked column

I have three tables each consisting of an "id" and a "date" column e.g for Table 1 it is:

id_1 | Date_1

------+----------

1         2018-01-01

2         2018-02-28

 

 

 

Then I have a fourth table consisting of dates from 2018-01-01 untill to day (a Calender). I want to link the Calender (column is named "Date") to each of "date" column in the three other tables without changing their name.

 

How do I, when I don't use the loading wizard, specify which tables should be linked on which columns when they aren't named the same i.e link Date (table 4) onto "Date_1" (table 1) and "Date_2" (table 2) and "Date_3" (table_3)?

 

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marcus_sommer
MVP & Luminary
MVP & Luminary

In many cases it's the best to concatenate (union in sql) these (fact) tables and not to associate them. Now you would have one id-field and one date-field which could be easily linked to appropriate dimension-tables. To be able to differentiate between the tables you could add an extra-field like: 'table##' as Source.

- Marcus

jakobjensen
Contributor II
Contributor II
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In case I want to solve the problem as stated above - how do I do that? E.g how do I specify which columns to be linked, since I cannot use the wizard to drag-and-drop (I'm using the load-script)

marcus_sommer
MVP & Luminary
MVP & Luminary

A linking happens always between fields with the same name - regardless in which tables those fields are. If there are not very simple datamodels else more complex ones with multiple fact-tables you need to rename all relevant fields. This means those which should be linked and also those which mustn't be linked. Otherwise you may create synthetic keys and/or circular loops and/or key's which doesn't fulfil their purpose. In many cases this couldn't be done with the wizard else you need to do it manually.

Usually are multiple fact-tables not be linkable to a single dimension-table because it ends often within circular loops. To avoid it you could give each fact-table his own dimension-table but it leads mostly to disadvantages by the usability. Hot loved in such cases is the approach to create a link-table between the fact-tables and the dimension-tables are then connected to this link-table. But it's neither trivial nor the best performing solution.

Therefore I suggest again to develop the datamodel in the direction of a star-scheme like above hinted. 

- Marcus