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Posted on 2011-09-27
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Hi,

I have a table that has fields in it like so

HA7 5PQ
HA8 6ZA
WA19 7ZE
WA20 4AZ
HA5 5AE
HA8 6RT
WA19 7ZA

and so on

I want to do a query to count all distinct postcodes excluding the last 3 digits so for the example above would look like this

HA7
HA8
WA19
WA20
HA5

Which means there are 5 distinct data

The table that it is stored in is postcode and the column is called codes

please help

Thanks,

R8VI  
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James Murrell earned 2000 total points
ID: 36708219
something like

select distinct left(postcode,4) from codes
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by:mimran18
ID: 36708233
Select  Left([Field Name],3) from [Table Name] Group By Left([Field name],3)
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by:Pratima Pharande
ID: 36708265
select distinct substring(postcode, 1, (len(postcode) - 3))  from codes
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by:Bhavesh Shah
ID: 36708356
Hi,

I think you wanted to separate data based on " " space.

if so, check out this code.

declare @str varchar(20)
set @str = 'ADDSA7 5PDAQ'


SELECT substring(@str,1,charindex(' ',@str)-1)

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- bhavesh

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by:deighton
ID: 36708396
select  count(distinct RTRIM(LEFT(RTRIM(codes ),LEN(RTRIM(codes )) - 3))) from postcode WHERE LEN(RTRIM(codes )) > 3;
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by:mansooralia_yahoo
ID: 36708440
Hi,

I think bhavesh is on right track, but need to add distinct, just like

declare @str varchar(20)
set @str = 'ADDSA7 5PDAQ'


SELECT distinct substring(@str,1,charindex(' ',@str)-1)

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by:Lowfatspread
ID: 36709120
;with cte as
 ( select left(ltrim(codes)+' ',charindex(' ',ltrim(codes)+' ') -1) as OutwardPostcode
    from postcodes)
select outwardpostcode,count(*)
from cte
group by outwardpostcode
order by 1

or

;with cte as
 ( select left(ltrim(codes)+' ',charindex(' ',ltrim(codes)+' ') -1) as OutwardPostcode
    from postcodes)
select count(distinct outwardpostcode)
from cte


ps you should really store the postcode as its component parts  at least the outward and inward even if you don't go down to the sector and walk layers...  you can always have a computed column on the table or view containing the whole string




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