1407.0.55.001 - ABS.Stat Beta: Web Browser, User Guide  
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Dimension Member Colour Coding

ABS.Stat uses colour coding to help you identify the dimension members that have existing data. This is especially important for sparse datasets where data can be found in only a small proportion of dimension combinations. This function has been provided to save time by avoiding searching for non-existent data.

If the user selects less than all values for a given dimension, when the next dimension is selected or you click ‘Check Data Availability’ there is a dynamic filtering of the values. You can see what data is available based on the colour scheme described below. The colour coding takes into account the current selection for all other dimension members. For example, if you select a specific date range, the colour coding will reflect the data available for that date range.

Based on the current selection for all other dimensions, the colours for each dimension member indicate the following:

  • Black: The item has data.
  • Blue: The item has no data but some of its children have data.
  • Grey Italic: Item has no data at any level.

Graphic: Dimension Member Colour Coding indicating which dimension members has data
Dimension member colour coding

Search for Dimension Members

Another option is to search within a dimension for a particular dimension member matching the search criteria. All matching dimension members will be displayed. The ‘Select all’ or ‘Unselect all’ options are then displayed.

Search is not available if you select ‘All dimensions’.

Graphic: Searching in the Dimension Selector, eg for ‘City’
Searching in the Dimension Selector

All matching dimension members will be displayed and automatically selected.

Graphic: Results of a Search in Dimensions Selector showing the option to select all search results
Results of a search in the Dimension Selector


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