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List item and Line item

Hi Experts,

 

I'm new to anaplan and start training this week.

Could someone please clarify the difference between list item and line item?

 

I checked anapedia but i couldn't make it clear.

Now in my understanding, line item is something like field data or each cell in excel.

But i can't have a clear image of what list item is like.

 

Thanks in advance.

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Re: List item and Line item

Hi 

 

In a single sentence, difference between a line item and a list item is that a list item is a single dimension like country, product etc., whereas a line item can be a multi dimensional like sales for a country and a product by time.

 

Thanks 

Akhil

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Re: List item and Line item

Hello Mr.Akhil

 

Thanks for your kind reply.

I also want to ask the meaning of "dimension" in this context.

In this case "multi-dimensional" stands for "a field that embraces various ways for deciding the value"?

 

E.g.) I set "Total Profit" for line item, and this will vary when sales regions is changed to EU, USA, and JP

 and so on.

 

Tsuyoshi

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Re: List item and Line item

Hi Tsuyoshi,

 

Dimensions are nothing but where you store/manipulate/calculate a data item/measure.

As said, list items are a single dimension. Line items can be a single/multi dimensions based on the Applies To Section in the blueprint. 

 

For more clarity refer to the below article

https://help.anaplan.com/anapedia/Content/Modeling/Dimensions/Dimension.html?_ga=2.33682917.59150888...

 

As in the article, it says the dimensions are the measure to store data. 

Because lists are single dimensions, you can store attributes of a single dimension like properties of a product etc. but a line item can point to multiple lists like product, country, time etc. and it will store values related to all the dimensions like 'x' number product is sold in America in Jan 2019 etc.

 

Best practice says that the list properties and attributes should be stored in module with a single dimension of that list.

 

Hope this helps !

 

Thanks 

Akhil