Bestmatch Top-Row select

Hi there!

I am currently selecting the bestmatch in an old-fashioned kind of way:

select t1.x,t2.y,t2.z from t1, t2 where t1.x like concat(t2.y,'%') order by t2.y desc;

x is filled with telephonenumbers whereas y is populated with areacodes of different length, like 702,7025,70255,702555 and z holds the corresponding cityname for y.

Now my question is that I don't want to get ALL the possible matches with the bestmatch as first row, but I only want to get this one row as result. Currently my problem is that I always get each x-number as many times as there are y-entries and that is definitely causing problems.

As always and as you have already expected: this is a rather urgent matter and that's why this is valued at 500 points :-)


Thanks for your help!


Best regards,


Tillman
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star_trekCommented:
I don't think you can do it with MySQL, you have to extrapolate your data and use some kind of scripting to display in the format you need.
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tillmanz123Author Commented:

I give you a small example:

t1:
x-column - a-column
12125551212 - 2006-01-01
13104451255 - 2006-01-02
12122224545 - 2006-01-03

t2:
y-column - z-column
1 - USA
1212 - NY
1212555 - DirectoryAssistence

select t1.x, t1.a, t2.z
from t1, t2
where t1.x like concat(t2.y,'%')
order by t2.y desc;

I want my result to look like this:

12125551212,2006-01-01,DirectoryAssistence
13104451255,2006-01-02,USA
12122224545,2006-01-03,NY

Maybe I am just too blind to see, but please tell me how to do that (apart from using my application to parse through the result set).


Best regards,

Tillman
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virmaiorCommented:
it would help to know which version of mysql that you are using.

my first suggestion would be this:

CREATE table `hold_it`
select t1.x, t1.a, t2.y, t2.z
from t1, t2
where t1.x like concat(t2.y,'%')
order by t2.y desc;

SELECT x, a, z FROM `hold_it` GROUP BY x

though the results of that query will technically be arbitrary



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star_trekCommented:
try this
select x,y,z from (select t1.x as x,t2.y as y,t2.z as z from t1, t2 where t1.x like concat(t2.y,'%') order by t2.y desc) as d group by x;
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virmaiorCommented:
which is nothing more than what i suggestd rewritten as a subselect...
my code will work in 3.23+, his code will only work in 4.1+ and is substantially identical... which is especially funny since his initial comment is "I don't think mysql can do this"
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star_trekCommented:
virmajor, i agree with you, it is same as yours except with the sub query.
Also about about my first comment i wasn't clear about the tillman's result, until he explained in his later post.
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virmaiorCommented:
fair enough
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