How to query prediction results from a data mining model in SQL Server Analysis Services

By:   |   Comments   |   Related: > Analysis Services Development


SQL Server Analysis Services (SSAS) contains features for developing data mining models using various data mining algorithms for predictive analysis. Once these models are deployed on SSAS, they can be queried using Data Mining Extensions. Often there’s a need to retrieve the predicted results and report it to the end users on demand. In this tip we will learn how to retrieve these results by using DMX.


Prediction Join and Predict function can be used in DMX to execute the data mining model on filtered test cases to retrieve predicted values.

Developing Prediction Query in DMX

In order to focus on the prediction related constructs in DMX, we would need some sample data mining models with sample data. You can learn data mining from this tutorial and develop your own data mining algorithm or you can use the sample AdventureWorks SSAS database that contains data mining models.

For our example, we will be using the AdventureWorks Data Warehouse as well as a SSAS Database installed on our SQL Server instance. Open SQL Server Management Studio and navigate to the SSAS Database. Under the Targeted Mailing data mining structure, you should be able to find four different data mining models as shown below. These models are designed to predict whether a given customer is predicted to buy bikes. Our intention is to query a data mining model along with prediction values.

Data Mining Models - Description: Explore data mining structure and models using SSMS

The Target Mailing structure contains the fields shown below. The CustomerKey is the key attribute and the Bike Buyer is the prediction attribute. In simple words, this model analyzes the data and predicts the value for Bike Buyer attribute as either 1 or 0. It reads data from vTargetedMail view from the AdventureWorks Data Warehouse. Let’s say that we intend to query the prediction values for customers whose Gender is Male and Age is less than 31 in Europe. Below are these customers from the vTargetMail view in the AdventureWorks Data Warehouse.

Customers - Description: Customers in Data Warehouse

Open a new DMX Query window in SSMS and type the below query. Here we are using two different DMX constructs – Prediction Join and Predict function. The prediction join statement matches the data from the external data source with the fields in the “TM Decision Tree” mining model. In order to predict the value for the prediction attribute, Predict function can be used for the same.

select TM.[CustomerKey], TM.[Age], TM.[Gender], TM.[Region], Predict([Bike Buyer]) as [Prediction] 
[TM Decision Tree]
prediction join
'select CustomerKey, Age, Gender, Region from vTargetMail where 
Gender = ''M'' and Age < 31 and Region = ''Europe'' ') 
as TM
on [TM Decision Tree].[Age] = TM.[Age] and
[TM Decision Tree].[Gender] = TM.[Gender] and
[TM Decision Tree].[Region] = TM.[Region] and
[TM Decision Tree].[Customer Key] = TM.[CustomerKey]

In the above query, we are selecting the dataset from the data warehouse using OpenQuery and joining the same using the prediction join to match this dataset with the fields from the data mining model. After that, the query is using the Predict function on the Bike Buyer attribute to predict values for the same, and we are giving it an alias column name named “Prediction”. The value 0 means that all these customers are unlikely to buy bikes according to the Decision Trees Data Mining Model.

Prediction Query - Description: DMX Prediction Query

In this way we can use Prediction Join to map the data from the source to the mining model and use Predict function to extract the predicted values from the model.

Next Steps
  • Consider reading more details about the different uses of Prediction Join from here.
  • Consider reading more about the Predict function from here.

sql server categories

sql server webinars

subscribe to mssqltips

sql server tutorials

sql server white papers

next tip

About the author
MSSQLTips author Siddharth Mehta Siddharth Mehta is an Associate Manager with Accenture in the Avanade Division focusing on Business Intelligence.

This author pledges the content of this article is based on professional experience and not AI generated.

View all my tips

Comments For This Article

get free sql tips
agree to terms