SQL Server select query with TABLESAMPLE clause

Posted on 2010-11-21
Last Modified: 2012-05-10
Hi experts,

I'm trying out some simple select queries in SQL Server 2008 and I'm testing out the TABLESAMPLE clause.

I'm using the Adventureworks database.
I'm using the Person.Contact table in the Adventureworks database.

FIrst I tried out the following query (Selecting a percentage of rows) and this query worked just fine.

SELECT FirstName, LastName
FROM Person.Contact

But then I tried the following query to test (Selecting a number of rows).
When I executed this query the result set I get is blank as shown in the picture below.

SELECT FirstName, LastName
FROM Person.Contact

Does anyone know why the result set is not showing the values for the first 4 rows?
Thanks for your help.
Question by:maqskywalker
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Expert Comment

ID: 34185386
does you query return 4 or more rows without using tablesample??

Expert Comment

ID: 34185397
maybe Following is the solution to ur problem given in your own link....

C. Selecting a number of rows
The following statement returns approximately 100 rows. The actual number of rows that are returned can vary significantly. If you specify a small number, such as 5, you might not receive results in the sample.

Copy USE AdventureWorks2008R2 ;
SELECT FirstName, LastName
FROM Person.Person

Expert Comment

ID: 34185406
yes, i have tested tablesample on my database and as the no. of rows you specified is less no rows are shown
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Expert Comment

by:Guy Hengel [angelIII / a3]
ID: 34186222
from the doc:

C. Selecting a number of rows
The following statement returns approximately 100 rows

you will see a workaround to get exactly number of rows using the TOP x with the ORDER BY newid() function ...

Accepted Solution

subhashpunia earned 500 total points
ID: 34187143
TABLESAMPLE always returns an approximate number of rows because of the way it samples data. The required percentage is the number of data pages SQL Server retreves in full to fulfill your TABLESAMPLE request. The number of rows returned by TABLESAMPLE will often be slightly less, or greater, than the specified amount.”

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