merge A data load option that clears values only from the
accounts specified in the data load file and replaces them
with values in the data load file.
metadata A set of data that defines and describes the
properties and attributes of the data stored in a database or
used by an application. Examples of metadata are
dimension names, member names, properties, time
periods, and security.
metadata sampling The process of retrieving a sample of
members in a dimension in a drill-down operation.
metadata security Security set at the member level to
restrict users from accessing certain outline members.
metaoutline In Essbase Integration Services, a template
containing the structure and rules for creating an Essbase
outline from an OLAP model.
metric A numeric measurement computed from business
data to help assess business performance and analyze
migration audit report A report generated from the
migration log that provides tracking information for an
migration definition file (.mdf) A file that contains
migration parameters for an application migration,
enabling batch script processing.
migration log A log file that captures all application
migration actions and messages.
migration snapshot A snapshot of an application
migration that is captured in the migration log.
MIME Type (Multipurpose Internet Mail Extension) An
attribute that describes the data format of an item, so that
the system knows which application should open the object.
A file's mime type is determined by the file extension or
HTTP header. Plug-ins tell browsers what mime types they
support and what file extensions correspond to each mime
mining attribute In data mining, a class of values used as a
factor in analysis of a set of data.
minireport A report component that includes layout,
content, hyperlinks, and the query or queries to load the
report. Each report can include one or more minireports.
missing data (#MISSING) A marker indicating that data in
the labeled location does not exist, contains no value, or was
never entered or loaded. For example, missing data exists
when an account contains data for a previous or future
period but not for the current period.
model (1) In data mining, a collection of an algorithm's
findings about examined data. A model can be applied
against a wider data set to generate useful information about
that data. (2) A file or content string containing an
application-specific representation of data. Models are the
basic data managed by Shared Services, of two major types:
dimensional and non-dimensional application objects. (3)
In Business Modeling, a network of boxes connected to
represent and calculate the operational and financial flow
through the area being examined.
monetary A money-related value.
multidimensional database A method of organizing,
storing, and referencing data through three or more
dimensions. An individual value is the intersection point for
a set of dimensions.
named set In MaxL DML, a set with its logic defined in the
optional WITH section of a MaxL DML query. The named
set can be referenced multiple times in the query.
native authentication The process of authenticating a user
name and password from within the server or application.
nested column headings A report column heading format
that displays data from multiple dimensions. For example,
a column heading that contains Year and Scenario members
is a nested column. The nested column heading shows Q1
(from the Year dimension) in the top line of the heading,
qualified by Actual and Budget (from the Scenario
dimension) in the bottom line of the heading.
NO DATA status A consolidation status indicating that
this entity contains no data for the specified period and
non-dimensional model A Shared Services model type that
includes application objects such as security files, member
lists, calculation scripts, and Web forms.
non-unique member name See duplicate member name.
note Additional information associated with a box,
measure, scorecard or map element.