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Old September 25th, 2005, 09:47 AM
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Default Fetching rows

Hi all,

Can anyone help me to fetch 4th or 5th highest value of a column in SQL Server 2000.

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Old September 25th, 2005, 10:32 AM
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    SELECT MIN(T1.yourcolumn)
    FROM yourtable T1
        INNER JOIN yourtable T2 ON T1.yourcolumn <= T2.yourcolumn
    GROUP BY T1.yourcolumn
    HAVING count(*) <= 5
This returns the 5th highest value of your column.

I think.

The idea here is to take each value of <yourcolumn> and build a group consisting of a set of other <yourcolumn> values that are less than or equal to it. Those groups which have 5 or fewer values in them are the ones we want, and taking the minimum of those groups gives us the 5th highest value.

Take the MIN aggregate off, and you get a list of the 5 highest values - very handy when you want, say, the top 5 salaries, or whatever...

Since you posted this in the SQL Server forum, this could also be done with a subquery using the (nonstandard) TOP clause, as, e.g.
SELECT MAX(T1.yourcolumn)
FROM (SELECT TOP 5 yourcolumn FROM yourtable
        GROUP BY yourcolumn ORDER BY yourcolumn) T1
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Old September 28th, 2005, 10:26 AM
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Thanks Jeff.
:) It works perfectly...

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