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SQL update record rows based off of rank

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Hello,

I'm looking to update 100's of rows of data that have a site point value. Each record is given a site points for particular parameters. What I'm trying to do is give each record a rank from 1 to whatever so that the highest site point value will be given a rank of 1 and so on based off the order value of the site points.

So for example if I have the first three rows of data of...

Row 1 Site Points :  10
Row 2 Site Points :  15
Row 3 Site Points :  5

Row 1 Site Points: 10 Rank: 2
Row 2 Site Points: 15 Rank: 1
Row 3 Site Points: 5 Rank: 3

Thanks,

Brian
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What is the database system and version?
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Oh sorry... MySQL 5
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Depending on the table structure, you should be able to use the @rownum technique I show here:
http://www.experts-exchange.com/Programming/Languages/SQL_Syntax/A_1555-Analytical-SQL-Where-do-you-rank.html

A number of alternatives are shown in the article, including a subquery that does count of the rows that are > the one you are on currently.
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Give it a try and post back your query if you are having difficulty and will help you through getting it correctly for your specific case.
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select rank() over (order by Site_Points desc)
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awking00, this is MySQL 5; rank() is not available.
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Sorry, I was thinking SQL Server 2005
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I'm back on this part of the project. In this example I'm not seeing the actual UPDATE part. I'm probably confused here :) ... Can I UPDATE the rank based off the SITE POINTS and ORDER of DATE value (just in case any SITE POINTS are tied?


So far my data is just....

Date                 Site Points             Rank  (Not yet populated/updated but will be once a week or as the administrator pushes a button to do so.)    

10/10/10                    10                   0
09/09/09                    14                   0
08/08/08                    12                   0

Thx,

Brian


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So you are storing the RANK? Well first you need to generate it. Did you read through the link and try to see if you understand how to create the row numbers using your table structure?
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Hello,

Yes, I read through all of the SQL statements. Did I miss how I actually update my table? All of the SQL statements I read seem to be just pulling the data.

Thx,

Brian
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Ok, I might be thinking about this incorrectly. Maybe I shouldn't store the RANK? Maybe It should just be pulled every time each time a record is shown? I'll see what I can do on my own and report back.

Thx,

Brian
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Yes, I would not recommend storing the RANK. The Article I linked to shows a number of the ways to generate a ranking in MySQL.
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Finally had time to work on this. Thanks.! Worked well.
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