Allow for line item subset to be more than just number formatted

Allow for line item subset to be more than just number formatted


Description of the enhancement required:

Line Item Subsets are often used to build filter modules, as an alternative to using the Show/Hide functionality. Using a Boolean against a Line Item Subset on a filter module makes it very easy to select which columns should be shown or hidden on a dashboard.


An example of the enhancement:
It would be great if you could add Line Items of all formats (not just number) to a Line Item Subset for this purpose. Perhaps you could utilize the Line Item Subset type field to setup certain Line Item Subsets to allow both number/non-number formats.

Community Manager
Status changed to: Considered for Future Roadmap
Occasional Contributor

The restriction that the format is the same across all line items in a line item subset should apply only if a COLLECT() formula is used.

Master Anaplanner/Community Boss


I totally understand the constraints of COLLECT() function.

But why COLLECT() should work only on NUMERIC linet items ? Why do not apply the summary property of non-numeric Line items ( ANY for boolean, FIRSTNONBLANK for boolean. texts , etc..)


In the below discussion there is also other reason that line-items subsets could be used also for non-numeric line items: create a dynamic filter to show-hide line-items in dashboard:





Occasional Contributor

Hi Alex,

COLLECT() could work on any line item subset where all line items in the subset are of the same semantic* type. The summary type of the source line item would be used where applicable.

* Semantic type adds more detail to the datatype where applicable, i.e. which list, or which period granularity.
e.g. a line item formatted as list A has datatype 'List', and semantic type 'List: A'.


Master Anaplanner/Community Boss

Thanks Dan for explanation. 


However, my first goal into accepting in line items subset the non-numerical formatted line-items was to be able to create a system to dynamically show-hide columns  in a dashboard, similar with grouping columns from Excel and not to be able to use the COLLECT() function. 🙂


Now this can be done only for numeric line-items creating a separate module with the subset and boolean line-items, but I think it would be really cool to have it also for non-numeric line-items


For me it would be acceptable that for non-numeric line-items selected in a subset, if used in a module with COLLECT() function, to receive the result 0 or null or 'NaN'.


What do you think ?







Master Anaplanner/Community Boss

We could use this in cases where COLLECT() is not used

  • Version Formulae
  • DCA on line items (commonly requested since DCA was launched)
  • Used for mapping with LOOKUP and SUM to map between lists members and line items


Certified Master Anaplanner

DavidSmith I know that now you are a part of Core team, so I hope the development will be speed up multiply times..


This feature is "Must have" one. 

Collect() function shouldn't disable the functionality of whole model.

There are a lot of situations when LIS is used without Collect() 

For example it's neccesary for dashboard design.


Last status change was  ‎07-18-2018 12:26 PM to: Concidered for future roadmap. It was practicaly year and a half ago.

Whas is actual status for this idea?


Certified Master Anaplanner

Bump for any update on the status of this idea.


Line Item Subsets are so versatile, but are severely hamstrung by only being able to include numeric line items.

Master Anaplanner/Community Boss


I am looking at the big list of requests, so I'll definitely add it into the mix


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