Applies a filter to a SELECT statement; describes how to slice the results of a SELECT statement. This clause is similar to WHERE except that you can include multiple %FILTER clauses in a statement. %FILTER is an InterSystems extension to MDX.
Syntax and Details
select_statement %FILTER set_expression
You can include as many %FILTER clauses as needed. This clause is particularly useful when you run queries programmatically, because it enables to you filter the results further by simply appending to the SELECT statement. (In contrast, if you use the WHERE clause and you need to add another filter item, it is necessary to rewrite the WHERE
clause, because only one WHERE clause is permitted.)
Each set element is used as a separate slicer axis, and the results of all the slicer axes (of all %FILTER clauses) are aggregated together. This is the process of axis folding
(a filter is considered to be a query axis). Axis folding means that if a given source record has a non-null result for each slicer axis, that record is counted multiple times.
In axis folding, values are combined according to the aggregation method for that measure, as specified in the cube definition. (In the examples here, %COUNT
If you use the %FILTER clause with a measure search expression
, the clause uses the rows of the fact table that do meet the given criteria. (A measure search expression
is an InterSystems extension to MDX that considers the measure values in the fact table itself.)
SELECT MEASURES.[%COUNT] ON 0 FROM patients %FILTER %SEARCH.&[[MEASURES].[age]<10]