Determinants are one of the most confusing aspects of Framework Manager and are therefore the least understood. As a result, many modelers will never use or create them. However, determinants can play an important role in the performance of your Framework Manager model.
Determinants allow a table with one level of detail (or granularity) to behave as if it has a completely different level of detail. Generally determinants will be used with dimension tables, where fact tables join the dimension table at more than one level in the dimension.
A common example of where determinants would be used is with a date dimension table, with a granularity at the day level. If all the fact tables are joined to this table at the day level, there would ...