This article provides you with the technical knowledge to choose between using a Date or an Integer to create the relationship between your fact table and the Date dimension.
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The Related distinct count pattern is useful whenever you have one or more fact tables related to a dimension, and you need to perform the distinct count of column values in a dimension table only considering items related to transactions in the fact table. For demonstration purposes we use the distinct count of the product name in a model with two fact tables: Sales and Receipts.
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