In SQL, how can I separate characters from numeric values in a field?

Posted on 2009-07-10
Last Modified: 2012-06-22
I have a column called "invoice_identifiers" that has data as follows:


What is need to write a SQL statement that

1) separates the alpha from the numeric
2) places them into individual fields

For example, the numeric part would go into a field invoice_number and the alpha part would go into invoice_letters.

Any help and examples are greatly appreciated.
Question by:bryan_z
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by:Kevin Cross
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Are the letter portions always at the front?

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ID: 24826874
Yes, the letters are always at the front.
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ID: 24826891
You can create a funtion whcih will retrun the results. Here is an example whihc will extract all the numbers from a given string:
Declare @s varchar(100),@result varchar(100)set @s='as4khd0939sdf78' 

set @result=''


    @result=@result+case when number like '[0-9]' then number else '' end from 


         select substring(@s,number,1) as number from 


            select number from master..spt_values where type='p' and number between 1 and len(@s)

        ) as t

    ) as t 

select @result as only_numbers 

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Kevin Cross earned 250 total points
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Try like this:
select left(invoice_identifiers, patindex('%[0-9]%', invoice_identifiers)-1) as invoice_letters

, substring(invoice_identifiers, patindex('%[0-9]%', invoice_identifiers), len(invoice_identifiers)) as invoice_numbers

from your_table_name

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Expert Comment

ID: 24826931
yes, so if the numbers are always in the begining then mwvisa1's solution is better.

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Thanks, this was very helpful and its great to know about the patterns.

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