Polyhierarchy

n.

Pronunciation

/polyhierarchy/

Acronym

Definition

A product hierarchy that has product categories that exist under multiple parents, i.e. cross-listed.

Not all Product Information Management systems can support cross-listing of nodes. In PIM systems which do support cross-listing, one parent category is assigned as the Primary Parent to avoid double-counting the items in analytics and reports. PIM systems supporting Polyhierarchies visually differentiate between the Primary and Secondary Parents while still providing a map of the alternate pathways within the hierarchy tree.

Category

Hierarchy, Data Modeling

Related Terms

Cross-List, Multiple Homes, Multipurpose Hierarchies

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