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How to create running sum in microsoft access

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How to create running sum in microsoft access
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In a query?  On a report?  In a form?
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In a Report?  If so, in a text box control, set the Running Sum property to Over Group or Over All

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Sorry for lack of precision; in a querry.
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Well, this KB:

http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=210338

describes how to do this on a Form.  You might be able to adapt this to a query, calling the function from a query expression instead.

matthewspatrick might have a clever solution using SQL as well ...?

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Ask, and ye shall receive.This is a generic example, as the Asker has not provided any hints about his/her data.  It assumes that there is an ID column we can use for the ordering.
SELECT t1.Name, t1.Qty,

    (SELECT Sum(t2.Qty)

    FROM SomeTable t2

    WHERE t2.Name = t1.Name And t2.ID <= t1.ID) AS RunningTotal

FROM SomeTable t1

ORDER BY t1.Name, t1.ID

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Thank you very much for quick turn arround!
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FYI ... I just ran that exact query on a table with 189K records, using a Name field (Windows User Name), sequential ID field (AutoNumber) and a two digit Qty field.

After approx 5 minutes @ 75-80% CPU resources being used, I finally had to hit Control+Break to stop the query, which never completed.

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MX,Out of curiosity, how does this one do on that benchmark?Patrick
SELECT t1.Name, t1.Qty, Sum(t2.Qty) AS RunningTotal

FROM SomeTable t1 INNER JOIN

    SomeTable t2 ON t1.Name = t2.Name And t2.ID <= t1.ID

GROUP BY t1.Name, t1.Qty

ORDER BY t1.Name, t1.ID

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Ahh ... not quite following ?
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What I meant was, is the performance any better when instead of using a subquery, we use a self-join with GROUP BY.BTW, the SQL statement above had an error; it should have been:
SELECT t1.ID, t1.Name, t1.Qty, Sum(t2.Qty) AS RunningTotal

FROM SomeTable t1 INNER JOIN

    SomeTable t2 ON t1.Name = t2.Name And t2.ID <= t1.ID

GROUP BY t1.ID, t1.Name, t1.Qty

ORDER BY t1.Name, t1.ID

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Joe,I just ran the code above against a table of dummy data with 300,000 rows.  It took not quite 2 minutes to complete.Did you index the Name field?  Without an index there, Jet/Ace is going to have one hell of a time with it...Patrick
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"I just ran the code above"
But did you run the original code - the subquery approach ?

I'm sure a self join is going to be faster than a subquery.

Yes, the Name field was indexed.

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No, I did not run the subquery code, as I figured the self-join might be faster :)
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If you have time, try just to confirm my results ... good info to know.

I will try your test also.

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Interesting.  The subquery one ran in just a few seconds for me, while the self-join version runs at ~2 minutes...
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