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# Calc Average Value for Values in Row of Matrix

Posted on 2007-11-21
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I've have a returns matrix set up and I'd like to calculate the average values across a row.  Are there any built-in functions to do something like this?  I'll need to account for nulls etc.  Max there would be 12 columns of data.

Ex:
2,5,4, null are all the values in a row so the avg would be 3.66

Thanks!
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Question by:gigglick
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Scott Pletcher earned 2000 total points
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No, nothing built in, you will have to code it yourself:

SELECT ...,
(ISNULL(col1, 0) + ISNULL(col2, 0) + ... + ISNULL(col12, 0) /
NULLIF(
(CASE WHEN col1 IS NULL THEN 0 ELSE 1 END +
CASE WHEN col2 IS NULL THEN 0 ELSE 1 END +
... +
CASE WHEN col12 IS NULL THEN 0 ELSE 1 END), 0) AS AvgAcrossCols,
...
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" Max there would be 12 columns of data."

Is there a variable number of columns displayed?
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Hi - didn't think there was anything built - DARN!  The storage table for the matrix will always have twelve columns, however, not all accounts on our end will have enough data to fill all twelve columns of the matrix.  Also, I am giving the user the option to choose the number of periods/columns they want.  So the problem is substituting 0 in for null will result in the wrong average.
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Not with the code I posted it won't :-).  When I divide to get the average, I *don't count* those that are NULL, only those that aren't NULL.
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Scotts answer should work if there are a fixed number of columns.
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Hi Scott -
I should have mentioned that I wasn't directing that at your reponse...but code I was toying with on my end.  I'm trying yours out now...

Giggs
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Hi Scott -

Worked perfectly and quick!! Thanks so much for your help.

Giggs
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How does he always get it right?
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