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MS SQL 2000 Report Services. Conditional Counting

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Hello,

I don't exactly remember how it was called in Crystal Reports (I think it was running totals), but I can't find a similar function in MS Reporting Services. Simple totals are simple, just use Count(...), but if I need to add conditioning, it becomes a real pain as there is nothing I could find so far in Report Services themselves.

Normally, I would create a couple of extra columns in my query, where I'd put 1 and 0 for different conditioning using CASE and then SUM on the proper column, but in this case I've already got 5 extra columns and I'll need 5 more just with 1s and 0s... I will probably have to do it as I did it before, but at least I can try to find how to do it properly.

To summarize: I need to know how to count the number of rows in the set under a condition specified, e.g.:

count( Fields!MyValue.Value ) only where Fields!MhDate = Today() for example.

Thanks,
Yurich
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by:Mr_Peerapol
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Yes, in my opinion, I think SUM(CASE WHEN ... THEN 1 ELSE 0 END) is the [only good] way to do that.
(SELECT COUNT(*) FROM the_same_table b WHERE b.group_by_field = a.group_by_field AND b.another_field = some_condition) is look even longer.
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by:Yurich
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In fact, I found a solution of how to do it in the Report Services, here is a smiplified example:

=RunningValue(
      IIF(      Format( Fields!MyDate.Value, "dd/MM/yyyy" ) =
                  Format( Parameters!TheDate.Value, "dd/MM/yyyy" ) AND
                  Fields!days.Value > 20, 1, 0 ),
      sum, "grpTypes" )

if this running value is placed in a group footer, it will correctly calculate the number of records for a day specified in TheDate variable with the days field greater than 20. it is in fact a derivation of the query with cases, but a bit more clearer and doesn't depend on the sp I run for a dataset.

Regards,
Mik
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by:Ved Prakash Agrawal
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hi can you give me sample example so that i can give the exact solution.
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by:Yurich
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For example, I have a record set returning from my sp that populate a dataset that has negative and positive values, I want to count the number of rows (in my report) where the value is only negative.

thanks,
yurich
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