PL/SQL - Need to split up a result set and then select it based on the group

I need to group this result set into 4 even groups.  The total rows of this result set
will always be the same number.  At the sametime, I would like to be able
to send in a parameter to ONLY select the group number I need, i.e. category = 1, category = 2,
category = 3.  I need to do this because I will be running this code once a week for the month.
I thought that the Ntile function would do the job but it does nto seem to work, can someone
help me?
SELECT pat.pat_id,
            pat.pat_first_name,
            pat.pat_last_name,
            pat.pat_street_addr,
            pat.pat_city,
            pat.pat_state,
            decode(pat.pat_zip, NULL, '         ', pat.pat_zip),
            pat.pat_cc_nbr,
            ntile(4) over     (order by pat.pat_id) as category
     FROM   tbf0_patient pat
     WHERE  pat.pat_cc_exp_date = 1007
       AND pat.pat_cc_nbr is NOT NULL
      AND category = 1;

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farekatAsked:
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sdstuberConnect With a Mentor Commented:
category isn't known at "where clause" time, it's derived by scanning the result set.  So inline the main query, and then select your category from that.

Try this...  


select * from
(SELECT pat.pat_id, pat.pat_first_name, pat.pat_last_name, pat.pat_street_addr, pat.pat_city, pat.pat_state,
       DECODE(pat.pat_zip, NULL, '      ', pat.pat_zip), pat.pat_cc_nbr,
       NTILE(4) OVER(ORDER BY pat.pat_id) AS CATEGORY
  FROM tbf0_patient pat
 WHERE pat.pat_cc_exp_date = 1007 AND pat.pat_cc_nbr IS NOT NULL)
where CATEGORY = 1;
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farekatAuthor Commented:
Cool, that worked, is there another way to be able to do this select statement without using the ntile function
and having to pass in which category I'd like to use?  I'd like to avoid having to pass in this parameter at all
now...that's a double question but i was just wondering if you would know.  Like how Selet TOP (returns the first)
set of rows, is there something similar to that like select first (1/4) of data, then the 2nd (1/4) of data
or is this it??    
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sdstuberCommented:
Do you know going in how many rows there will be?  
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sdstuberCommented:
if you do, you could try something like this...

where category_number and total_number_of_rows are constants you define

SELECT *
  FROM (SELECT pat.pat_id, pat.pat_first_name, pat.pat_last_name, pat.pat_street_addr, pat.pat_city,
               pat.pat_state, DECODE(pat.pat_zip, NULL, '      ', pat.pat_zip), pat.pat_cc_nbr, ROWNUM rn
          FROM tbf0_patient pat
         WHERE pat.pat_cc_exp_date = 1007
           AND pat.pat_cc_nbr IS NOT NULL
           AND ROWNUM <=(category_number * CEIL(total_number_of_rows / 4)))
 WHERE rn > (category_number - 1) * CEIL(total_number_of_rows / 4)
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farekatAuthor Commented:
I just figured out that the number of rows are going to change, so I am thinking that I have to change my
approach around this entire thing...you still get the points thank you so much!
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