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# get column contains highest value

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Hi,

1. How to get the column which contains the highest value?
table with column as monday, tuesday, wednesday, thursday, friday, saturday, sunday

here's where i'm at now,
SELECT max(*) FROM (
select sum(monday),sum(tuesday),sum(wednesday),sum(thursday), sum(friday),sum(saturday),sum(sunday)
)  from required

Please only standard ansi sql query.

Thanks,
Lynnton
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Question by:lynnton

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SELECT max(x) FROM (
select u,sum(case when u=1 then monday
when u=2 then tuesday
when u=3 then wednesday
when u=4 then thursday
when u=5 then friday
when u=6 then saturday
else sunday
end) as x
from required
,(select 1 as U union select 2 as u union select 3 as u union select 4 as u
union select 5 as u union select 6 as u union select 7 as u ) as x
group by U
) as Z

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Expert Comment

Hi lynnton,

Can' t think of a clever way, so:

SELECT
CASE
WHEN
sum(monday)>sum(tuesday) AND
sum(monday)>sum(wednesday) AND
sum(monday)>sum(thursday) AND
sum(monday)>sum(friday) AND
sum(monday)>sum(saturday) AND
sum(monday)>sum(sunday)
THEN  sum(monday)
WHEN
sum(tuesday)>sum(monday) AND
sum(tuesday)>sum(wednesday) AND
sum(tuesday)>sum(thursday) AND
sum(tuesday)>sum(friday) AND
sum(tuesday)>sum(saturday) AND
sum(tuesday)>sum(sunday)
THEN  sum(tuesday)
WHEN
sum(wednesday)>sum(monday) AND
sum(wednesday)>sum(tuesday) AND
sum(wednesday)>sum(thursday) AND
sum(wednesday)>sum(friday) AND
sum(wednesday)>sum(saturday) AND
sum(wednesday)>sum(sunday)
THEN  sum(wednesday)
WHEN
sum(thursday)>sum(monday) AND
sum(thursday)>sum(tuesday) AND
sum(thursday)>sum(wednesday) AND
sum(thursday)>sum(friday) AND
sum(thursday)>sum(saturday) AND
sum(thursday)>sum(sunday)
THEN  sum(thursday)
WHEN
sum(friday)>sum(monday) AND
sum(friday)>sum(tuesday) AND
sum(friday)>sum(wednesday) AND
sum(friday)>sum(thursday) AND
sum(friday)>sum(saturday) AND
sum(friday)>sum(sunday)
THEN  sum(friday)
WHEN
sum(saturday)>sum(monday) AND
sum(saturday)>sum(tuesday) AND
sum(saturday)>sum(wednesday) AND
sum(saturday)>sum(thursday) AND
sum(saturday)>sum(friday) AND
sum(saturday)>sum(sunday)
THEN  sum(saturday)
ELSE
sum(sunday)
END
FROM required

Cheers!
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Expert Comment

Nice! very cute.

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Author Comment

error message on visual basic.
"Method of 'open' of 'Object _Recordset ' failed

Thanks,
Lynnton
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Expert Comment

Use query analyser to make sure the query works, get more detailed error messages if not, and check it's performance etc.
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Author Comment

By the way i'm using ms access as database.

Thanks,
Lynnton
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Author Comment

boblah,

Same error message with your awsome query friend.

Thanks,
Lynnton

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Expert Comment

Ok, access, that makes a difference, try:

SELECT
SWITCH(
sum(monday)>sum(tuesday) AND
sum(monday)>sum(wednesday) AND
sum(monday)>sum(thursday) AND
sum(monday)>sum(friday) AND
sum(monday)>sum(saturday) AND
sum(monday)>sum(sunday)
,  sum(monday),

sum(tuesday)>sum(monday) AND
sum(tuesday)>sum(wednesday) AND
sum(tuesday)>sum(thursday) AND
sum(tuesday)>sum(friday) AND
sum(tuesday)>sum(saturday) AND
sum(tuesday)>sum(sunday)
,  sum(tuesday),

sum(wednesday)>sum(monday) AND
sum(wednesday)>sum(tuesday) AND
sum(wednesday)>sum(thursday) AND
sum(wednesday)>sum(friday) AND
sum(wednesday)>sum(saturday) AND
sum(wednesday)>sum(sunday)
,  sum(wednesday),

sum(thursday)>sum(monday) AND
sum(thursday)>sum(tuesday) AND
sum(thursday)>sum(wednesday) AND
sum(thursday)>sum(friday) AND
sum(thursday)>sum(saturday) AND
sum(thursday)>sum(sunday)
,  sum(thursday),

sum(friday)>sum(monday) AND
sum(friday)>sum(tuesday) AND
sum(friday)>sum(wednesday) AND
sum(friday)>sum(thursday) AND
sum(friday)>sum(saturday) AND
sum(friday)>sum(sunday)
,  sum(friday),

sum(saturday)>sum(monday) AND
sum(saturday)>sum(tuesday) AND
sum(saturday)>sum(wednesday) AND
sum(saturday)>sum(thursday) AND
sum(saturday)>sum(friday) AND
sum(saturday)>sum(sunday)
,  sum(saturday),

true,
sum(sunday)
)
FROM required

Also, if that doesn't work, then try it in the access front end first to shake it down, or see if the problem is with the query or the ADO code
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Author Comment

boblah,

It works, no errors, also no results. (just a single column with no data)

Thanks,
Lynnton
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Accepted Solution

what happens with:

SELECT
(sum(monday)>sum(tuesday) AND
sum(monday)>sum(wednesday) AND
sum(monday)>sum(thursday) AND
sum(monday)>sum(friday) AND
sum(monday)>sum(saturday) AND
sum(monday)>sum(sunday)) AS mondayYes,

sum(monday) as mon,
sum(tuesday) as tue,
sum(wednesday) as wed,
sum(thursday) as thu,
sum(friday) as fri,
sum(saturday) as sat,
sum(sunday) AS sun,

SWITCH(
sum(monday)>sum(tuesday) AND
sum(monday)>sum(wednesday) AND
sum(monday)>sum(thursday) AND
sum(monday)>sum(friday) AND
sum(monday)>sum(saturday) AND
sum(monday)>sum(sunday)
,  sum(monday),

sum(tuesday)>sum(monday) AND
sum(tuesday)>sum(wednesday) AND
sum(tuesday)>sum(thursday) AND
sum(tuesday)>sum(friday) AND
sum(tuesday)>sum(saturday) AND
sum(tuesday)>sum(sunday)
,  sum(tuesday),

sum(wednesday)>sum(monday) AND
sum(wednesday)>sum(tuesday) AND
sum(wednesday)>sum(thursday) AND
sum(wednesday)>sum(friday) AND
sum(wednesday)>sum(saturday) AND
sum(wednesday)>sum(sunday)
,  sum(wednesday),

sum(thursday)>sum(monday) AND
sum(thursday)>sum(tuesday) AND
sum(thursday)>sum(wednesday) AND
sum(thursday)>sum(friday) AND
sum(thursday)>sum(saturday) AND
sum(thursday)>sum(sunday)
,  sum(thursday),

sum(friday)>sum(monday) AND
sum(friday)>sum(tuesday) AND
sum(friday)>sum(wednesday) AND
sum(friday)>sum(thursday) AND
sum(friday)>sum(saturday) AND
sum(friday)>sum(sunday)
,  sum(friday),

sum(saturday)>sum(monday) AND
sum(saturday)>sum(tuesday) AND
sum(saturday)>sum(wednesday) AND
sum(saturday)>sum(thursday) AND
sum(saturday)>sum(friday) AND
sum(saturday)>sum(sunday)
,  sum(saturday),

true,
sum(sunday)
)
FROM required
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Author Comment

boblah,

Sad to say samething i think this query will help us..

SQL = "SELECT TOP 1 * FROM " & _
"( " & _
"SELECT Monday as DayName, SUM(Monday) As DaySum FROM required " & _
"Union All " & _
"SELECT Tuesday, SUM(Tuesday) FROM required " & _
"Union All " & _
"SELECT Wednesday, SUM(Wednesday) FROM required " & _
"Union All " & _
"SELECT Thursday, SUM(Thursday) FROM required " & _
"Union All " & _
"SELECT Friday, SUM(Friday) FROM required " & _
"Union All " & _
"SELECT Saturday, SUM(Saturday) FROM required " & _
"Union All " & _
"SELECT Sunday, SUM(Sunday) FROM required " & _
") As B ORDER BY Daysum"

but it returns an error message "you tried to execute a query that does not include the specified expression
'DyaName' as part of the aggregate function."

Thanks,
Lynnton
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Author Comment

got it !!!

here's the working version.

SQL = "SELECT  top 1 * FROM " & _
"( " & _
"SELECT 'Monday' as DayName, SUM(Monday) As DaySum FROM required " & _
"Union All " & _
"SELECT 'Tuesday', SUM(Tuesday) FROM required " & _
"Union All " & _
"SELECT 'Wednesday', SUM(Wednesday) FROM required " & _
"Union All " & _
"SELECT 'Thursday', SUM(Thursday) FROM required " & _
"Union All " & _
"SELECT 'Friday', SUM(Friday) FROM required " & _
"Union All " & _
"SELECT 'Saturday', SUM(Saturday) FROM required " & _
"Union All " & _
"SELECT 'Sunday', SUM(Sunday) FROM required " & _
" As B) ORDER BY Daysum desc"
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