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# Calculate Median in Totals Query

Posted on 2006-06-19
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Hi,

This sounds like a fairly hard question which I hope someone can help me on.  I have a "Totals" query that groups by certain fields and calculates the Avg.  The following is the SQL :

SELECT REGION, INDUSTRY, Avg(MEAN) AS AvgOfMEAN
FROM (tbl1 INNER JOIN tbl2 ON tbl1.DT = tbl2.DT) INNER JOIN tblRt ON tbl1.ID = tblRt.ID
WHERE (((REGION)="North America") AND ((INDUSTRY)="Transportation"))
GROUP BY REGION, INDUSTRY;

Now instead of Avg(Mean) I want the median of the means.  How can i do this?  Do I need to write a public function and reference it in the query?  That I have never done before.  Any help is appreciated.  Thanks

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Question by:lebeau26
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U want a avg of all?

u could try not grouping with the fields
did that work?

SELECT Avg(MEAN) AS AvgOfMEAN
FROM (tbl1 INNER JOIN tbl2 ON tbl1.DT = tbl2.DT) INNER JOIN tblRt ON tbl1.ID = tblRt.ID
WHERE (((REGION)="North America") AND ((INDUSTRY)="Transportation"))
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or perhaps

SELECT Avg(AvgOfMEAN)
FROM (SELECT REGION, INDUSTRY, Avg(MEAN) AS AvgOfMEAN
FROM (tbl1 INNER JOIN tbl2 ON tbl1.DT = tbl2.DT) INNER JOIN tblRt ON tbl1.ID = tblRt.ID
WHERE (((REGION)="North America") AND ((INDUSTRY)="Transportation"))
GROUP BY REGION, INDUSTRY) AS qryAvg
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ID: 16935160
Sorry, I basically want the Median of the means instead of the Avg of the means.  I do want to group by the region and industry though.

So basically it should look like:

Region       Industry        Median
America      Autos          100
England      Autos           50
America      Food           90
England       Food          10

Does this make more sense?
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ID: 16935241
Hi lebeau26,

You will need to use a UDF to get a median, unfortunately...

Regards,

Patrick
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ID: 16935323
Ok, so how would I do this?  Again I have never used a UDF in a query before.  I usually just reference them in VBA.

Also, any ideas on how to code the median UDF ?

Thanks
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Not sure if you'll be able to get a UDF for an aggregate function of course.
But there are many examples of calculating medians out there..
Something like
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=210581

Also if on a report - then just this might be useful.
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=209244

Lots of different takes on it - like
http://www.aspfaq.com/show.asp?id=2506

And one method from right here that might work for you within a query scenario
http://www.experts-exchange.com/Databases/MS_Access/Q_21631892.html
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ID: 16935966
"Not sure if you'll be able to get a UDF for an aggregate function of course."

Really?  Thats not good because thats what I need.  I need it to group by region and then industry and then calculate the median in that.

Is anyone absolutely sure that median can't be done in an aggregate function?

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harfang earned 256 total points
ID: 16936066
Hello lebeau26

Here is one way to do it. It uses the same calling conventions as the other domain aggregate functions:

Function DMedian(Expr As String, Domain As String, _
Optional Criteria = Null, _
Optional Delim As String = ", ")
'
' Similar to DAvg(), but returning the median
'
DMedian = Null
.Open "Select " & Expr & " From " & Domain _
& " Where " + Criteria & " Order By " & Expr _
If Not .EOF Then
.MoveLast
If .RecordCount Mod 2 Then
.AbsolutePosition = .RecordCount \ 2 + 1
DMedian = .Fields(0)
Else
.AbsolutePosition = .RecordCount \ 2
DMedian = .Fields(0) / 2
.MoveNext
DMedian = DMedian + .Fields(0) / 2
End If
End If
End With

End Function

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Leigh Purvis earned 248 total points
ID: 16936112
Well in Group By you could happily let a UDF do the work - just create and pass in the relevant parameters to calculate across only certain groupings.
An ammendment of Markus or any previous code should be able to do that easily.
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This time I should have refreshed. Many things can happen during two phone calls...

I like the SQL solutions in one of Leigh's links, but I'm not quite sure they work in Access as is. Top 1 is not guaranteed to return a single record, which is a problem for subqueries...

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One more thing:

There are two types of aggregate functions in Access. SQL aggregate functions like Avg(), First(), etc., which cannot be user-defined, and regular VB "domain aggregate" functions like DAvg(), DLookup(), of which you can create new ones.

Note that other major variants of SQL allow the creation of new aggregate functions, but not JetSQL, as far as I know.

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I found this, if this is any help 4 u

it is vba code Im afraid

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Jeffrey Coachman earned 248 total points
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lebeau26,

If you like, you can try to use Excel's "Median" function in Access:

http://www.fabalou.com/Access/Queries/excel_functions.asp
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=198571

Hope this helps as well
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