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Playerpawn
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Posted - 02/25/2014 :  14:27:49  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Say you have source data much like:
NUMBER LETTER
11 C
10 C
10 B
9 B
8 B
7 A

... and you want one row for each letter, with the highest "number" not used in a higher letter.

Results:
11 C
9 B (not 10 B, because 10 was used in C)
7 A

Best way to achieve?

SwePeso
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Sweden
30421 Posts

Posted - 02/25/2014 :  15:48:16  Show Profile  Visit SwePeso's Homepage  Reply with Quote
DECLARE	@Sample TABLE
	(
		NUMBER INT,
		LETTER CHAR(1)
	);

INSERT	@Sample
	(
		NUMBER,
		LETTER
	)
VALUES	(11, 'C'),
	(10, 'C'),
	(10, 'B'),
	(9, 'B'),
	(8, 'B'),
	(7, 'A');

SELECT		MAX(Number) AS Number,
		Letter
FROM		(
			SELECT		Number,
					MAX(Letter) AS Letter
			FROM		@Sample
			GROUP BY	Number
		) AS d
GROUP BY	Letter
ORDER BY	Letter DESC;



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Playerpawn
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Posted - 02/25/2014 :  16:03:30  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
You should see my ridiculous ROW_NUMBER() solution. I don't know why that didn't come to me. Thank you, SwePeso!
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