## About

Functions are predefined routines that perform specialized calculations and return :

- sets of members
- or sets of data values.

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## Type of functions

The Essbase functions include more than 100 predefined routines to extend the calculation capabilities of Essbase. Essbase supports the following functions:

- Boolean functions, which provide a conditional test by returning a TRUE or FALSE value
- Mathematical functions, which perform specialized mathematical calculations
- Relationship functions, which look up data values within a database during a calculation based on the position of the current member
- Range functions, which declare a range of members as an argument to another function or to a command
- Financial functions, which perform specialized financial calculations
- Member set functions, which are based on a specified member and which generate lists of members
- Allocation functions, which allocate values that are input at a parent level across child members
- Forecasting functions, which manipulate data for the purpose of smoothing data, interpolating data, or calculating future values
- Statistical functions, which calculate advanced statistics
- Date and time functions, which use date and time characteristics in calculation formulas
- Calculation mode functions, which specify the calculation mode that Essbase uses to calculate a formula

## Documentation / Reference

- Also see Developing Formulas.