1407.0.55.001 - ABS.Stat Beta: Web Browser, User Guide  
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Working with Dimensions

Dimensions describe an observation in a 'fact table’. Each dataset has a unique set of dimensions that help to define that data. Datasets may share some common dimensions which are standard across datasets (e.g. Time & Frequency). Each dimension contains a series of dimension members.

Selecting Dimensions and their Variables

The items selected for each dimension, often referred to as dimension members, can be modified by clicking the Customise - Selection button and either an individual dimension, or the All dimensions option. The Customise Selection pop up window will open from which dimension members can be selected.

Graphic: Using the dimension selector for all dimensions, scroll across using the bar at the bottom of the window
Using the dimension selector for all dimensions

To select or deselect an item, click the check box to the left of the item. In hierarchical dimensions, a plus (+) or minus (-) will appear next to parent-level items. Clicking on these symbols will allow you to show or hide the child items.

At the top and bottom of the screen there are a series of options.

To apply your modified selection of items for the current dimension and see a table of data corresponding to this new selection, click View Data.

For hierarchical dimensions, clicking on Expand all or Collapse all will show or hide all the child-level items of the dimension respectively. If all members of a hierarchical dimension are selected, the resulting table could contain empty rows or columns corresponding to the higher levels.

Selecting Groups

You are able to select entire groups by first selecting the appropriate level and then choose either the select all or unselect all options.

Example: In the ‘Region’ dimension in Regional Statistics you will notice there are (+) symbols indicating a hierarchy. To view all dimension members, click on Expand all.

To select all dimensions at and below a level, select that level and click Select all. To select all dimensions at a given level only, select that level and click Select level or Select level within node. You can unselect dimensions in the same way using Unselect all, Unselect level and Unselect level within node

Graphic: Selecting all dimension members at a given level by selecting once and clicking to ‘Select level’ option
Selecting dimensions using the Select level function

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