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Join Query Issue

Posted on 2011-02-18
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For every NDC, I need matching Packet Size / Price.

PacketSize and Price, i am pickingfrom different Table.

When i execute Inner Join, i am getting 341 Rows Affected.

When i execute Left Join, I am getting 351 Rows Affected.

Actually, i expect 349 Rows Affected. Since, if i am not using any Join and executing the parent table :  vw_Test3  , i am getting 349 Rows Affected.

So i am confused.
select VWT.[Generic Code],  
  VWT.NDC,  
  VWT.[Drug Name],  
  VWT.Qty,  
  BP.PacketSize,  
  BP.Price from vw_Test3 VWT  
Inner join [340BPrice] BP  
on  
VWT.NDC = Left(BP.NDC,11)  


select VWT.[Generic Code],  
  VWT.NDC,  
  VWT.[Drug Name],  
  VWT.Qty,  
  BP.PacketSize,  
  BP.Price from vw_Test3 VWT  
Left join [340BPrice] BP  
on  
VWT.NDC = Left(BP.NDC,11)

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by:Guy Hengel [angelIII / a3]
ID: 34927634
the problem is described in this article:
http://www.experts-exchange.com/A_3203.html
you can even find your (sql) solution there.

in short:
* with inner join, you get less rows because there are a couple of rows where there is no matching row in the joined table
* with left join, you get more rows because for at least 1 row, you have more than 1 matching row in the joined table.

so: you need to find out which row you want from the joined table, in those cases.

please double-check your data.
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Rajkumar Gs earned 250 total points
ID: 34927648
If you use INNER JOIN, result will contain only those records that are contain in both tables based on the joining column.
If you use LEFT JOIN, all the records from the left side table will be returned - Plus - all related records from right side table. For eg:- If for a record in main table there are two record in sub table, the result with LEFT JOIN will contain two records

This is happening in your case
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by:chokka
ID: 34927674
In my scenario as experts what you recommend me to go either Inner or Left.

And also, is there any way for me to find out missing NDC 's which is not matched with Join Table - 340BPrice.
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by:chokka
ID: 34927734
When i run

select * from vw_Test3 VWT  

I am getting 349 Records.

After using Inner Join - 341 Records

How should i identify this missing 8 records.
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by:Guy Hengel [angelIII / a3]
Guy Hengel [angelIII / a3] earned 250 total points
ID: 34927744
this will do:
select VWT.[Generic Code],  
  VWT.NDC,  
  VWT.[Drug Name],  
  VWT.Qty,  
  BP.PacketSize,  
  BP.Price from vw_Test3 VWT  
Left join [340BPrice] BP  
on  VWT.NDC = Left(BP.NDC,11)
WHERE  BP.NDC IS NULL

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by:chokka
ID: 34927766
Angel :- That query returns 10 rows.

What does this query actual doing ? I am sorry, i am not able to get the exact point.
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by:Rajkumar Gs
ID: 34927804
SELECT * FROM vw_Test3 VWT WHERE NDC NOT IN (SELECT Left(NDC,11) FROM [340BPrice])

What is the result of this query ?
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by:chokka
ID: 34927845
10 Rows affected -
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by:chokka
ID: 34927854
So, Both Angel and Rajkumar Query are results same number of rows affected.
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by:chokka
ID: 34927857
Same number of rows and same records.

So, my understanding is

1) I have to use Inner Join for matching records
2) I have to use any of these queries for missing price records
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by:Guy Hengel [angelIII / a3]
ID: 34932416
my query will show those rows from vw_Test3 VWT  where there is no matching row in [340BPrice]
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