Cube functions

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Good day/night all! 

 Nervous but excited to be here as I am a newbie to excel but trying to get into the mind of excel day by day. I've just recently gotten into making data models and now I want to explore getting information out the cube without the use of  pivot tables. This cube was not made by me. I'm using it to practice the cube functions because I intend to use them in a data model that I plan to make very soon. I would want to be able to make an input cell apart of a cuberankmember function argument. In the excel file that's shown in pictures below, here's what I'm trying to accomplish. Under the column "Customer_ID", I'd like to enter the id number and have the customers full name show up under the "Full_Name" column. Now if I do change the number currently under customer_id, the name does change, but it's being sorted in alphabetical order rather than rank or I.D number. For example, number 5 renders Aaron Conklin because alphabetically, it's the fifth in the cubset of full names in cell G3. I want I.D. # 5 to give me back the customer's full name that corresponds, which should be Maya Gutierrez. Keep in mind the rank number is equal to the id number. If anyone has the solution to bypass the alphabetical order results showing up, pleassssse pass on the knowledge. Also, I'm still learning terminologies of excel. I'm using the latest 365 personal edition 64-bit on windows 10. Thexcel-pic.pngShowing function cubesetShowing function cubesetShowing function cuberankmemberShowing function cuberankmember

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Let me illustrate on simple model where Id is not necessary sequential numbers.


Source table loaded to data model is sorted by Names


We may create 2 sets, one for IDs only, by default it will be sorted by ID:s

=CUBESET("ThisWorkbookDataModel", " [Table1].[ID].[ID].MEMBERS", "IDs" )

Another one includes IDs and Names, will be sorted by Ids and returns Names

=CUBESET("ThisWorkbookDataModel", "( [Table1].[ID].[ID].MEMBERS, [Table1].[Name].[Name].MEMBERS )", "Table" )

To return ID

=CUBERANKEDMEMBER("ThisWorkbookDataModel", $F$2, E5)

To return Name

=CUBERANKEDMEMBER("ThisWorkbookDataModel", $G$2, E5)
Thank you so much for the quick response. I'm definitely going to try this out an let you know. Thing is, I did make 2 separate sets one for I.Ds and one for the names as I researched (I did a good bit and there's not much on cube functions) and found that I could make a set out of 2 members from the same dimension, but that was an MDX video and I felt like it may not work and I felt like it may be far fetched. I couldn't figure out how to get join the sets. So thank you sooo much for this. It gave me confidence to know that with guidance and drive, I'm getting on the right track of thinking like yourself and other excel gurus. I'll get back to you with the results. Smiles!


Unfortunately don't remember any guidance, only samples in different places. And yes, if go deeper that's all about MDX. You may use practically all MDX functions and expressions within cube formulas.

@Sergei Baklan 

Unfortunately the second function with the 2 sets isn't working for me. I'm getting a n/A error reading. I don't know what . I did actually try this before I made the post but in a way suggested in a mdx video on Youtube using {} to encase the joined members but that didn't work which brought here. But I'm sure we're both onto something, but I am blank. ANuExcel.png


There are brackets as at left bottom here


In your formula I see no brackets at all.

@Sergei Baklan 

I saw the difference in what I missed. But even when I tried switching up the numbers in the file you sent the numbers didn't always show up correctly. But after researching some more videos, I noticed a trend. They all had a [measure] as a the "sort by". So I made a simple MIN( function of the ID numbers column and it now works once I choose ascending order as well. To anyone that may need to use this as reference, the numbers would have to in perfect order without skipping any numbers in between because if you don't the next number will screw everything up. For e.g. if you you were to have numbers from 1 to 10 and you miss out the 2 and the 4,  number 3 will come in as the 2nd smallest number and number 5 will be the 3rd smallest number. 

Also you will see the cubeset count one of the photos highlighted in blue w/ white text which is of course the correct amount. However, on another note, the number highlighted in brown tan w/ white text is where I get an N/a reading as if that's the limit of the set. Not sure if it's a bug in excel or if its from the fact the sample data model I used has several flaws unnoticed to me at this time

. Now I'm trying to see how I can get some kind of MATCH( function or something that can be nested the cube function. I'll try cubememberproperty since there's only 7 of themcube1.pngcube2.png. If you or anyone reading this knows a function that's compatible please make mention. Will try any and post results. Thank you