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Posted - 07/25/2013 :  12:12:34  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Any suggestions on how to parse this data which is in one field.

Example data:
GLAUCOMA [130022], (evaluation for glaucoma, referred in by Dr x), SORE THROAT [82]

There are two types of records in this field. the ALL CAPS records with the brackets are items selected from a list. The text within parentheses is free text typed in by user. Note that there can be a comma in the free text so I can't just use a comma as the delimiter.

Need to denormalize to:
GLAUCOMA [130022]
(evaluation for glaucoma, referred in by Dr x)

James K
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Posted - 07/25/2013 :  13:09:57  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
If you have the option to do so, this would be best done using a Regex parser such as in C#. But if you must do it in T-SQL, here is something to get you started. This is not a complete solution - it will not work correctly if you had multiple bracket-escaped items; but that can be fixed with some effort. As you can see, it is a little bit convoluted, and I disown it - i.e., no implied warranties or fitness for a particular purpose legalese
DECLARE @x VARCHAR(255) = 'GLAUCOMA [130022], (evaluation for glaucoma, referred in by Dr x), SORE THROAT [82]'

;WITH cte1 AS
		LTRIM(RTRIM(Item)) AS Item
cte2(c) AS
	SELECT Item AS [data()] FROM cte1 WHERE item LIKE '(%' OR item LIKE '%)' FOR XML PATH('')
SELECT Item FROM cte1 WHERE item NOT LIKE '(%' AND item NOT LIKE '%)'
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Posted - 07/25/2013 :  15:09:58  Show Profile  Reply with Quote

For now I'm going to go with this. Hoping this will catch all commas that matter and replace w/ |. Then I can split it out.

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Posted - 07/26/2013 :  00:19:32  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
In case you want to use earlier posted solution, the UDF DelimitedSplit8K can be found here

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