Explain Aggregate function and Roll up aggregate funtion in cognos?

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  • Mar 21st, 2013

Aggregate Function specifies what type of aggregation to be applied on a data item like Total ,Average, Min etc.,

The roll-up aggregation of any item is important only when you create the aggregation of Aggregate type. Otherwise leave it as automatic.

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The Aggregate Function is used to rollup the values when "Auto Group & Summarize" is set to yes for the query, it applies some logic depending on the datatype. The Rollup Aggregate Function is used for summary values like totals in the report

For example:

Fred $5
Fred $15
Barney $20
Barney $30

Put both columns on your report,
Aggregate function tells Cognos what to do with them with each other, ie.if you specify Total, this will show...

Aggragate function-Total
Fred $20
Barney $50

Aggragate fuction-Average
Fred $10
Barney $25

Rollup Aggragate Function tells Cognos what to do when you want a "Rollup" at the end of the Report or a Grouping (usually a Total or Subtotal, but could be any of the functions.)
So, if Aggregate is set to Total and Rollup is set to Total you get this...
Fred $20
Barney $50
Summary $70

If Aggregate is set to Total and Rollup is set to Average you get this...
Fred $20
Barney $50
Smmary $35


  • Sep 24th, 2013

Different aggregate functions are used to perform different operations on the column of the table. Aggregate functions are MAX,MIN,SUM,AVG and COUNT. It makes the calculation more easier.

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