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In one embodiment the present invention includes a method comprising receiving a data filter for filtering a collection of data, wherein the collection of data is configured as a star schema including a fact table and dimension tables. The data filter is applied against the dimension tables to generate a modified dimension table. The modified dimension tables are applied against the fact table to produce a modified fact table. The data filter is then applied against the modified fact table to generate a second modified fact table, which is the output of the process.