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Get highest ranked rows from SQL table.

Posted on 2013-01-28
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Say I have an Oracle table with the following in it...

CLASS,YEAR,TEACHER,GRADE,STUDENT
1A,2009,Mr A,1.1,Miss B
1A,2009,Mr A,1.2,Miss B
1A,2009,Mr B,1.3,Miss B
1A,2009,Mr A,1.9,Miss C
1A,2009,Mr A,2.0,Miss C
1A,2009,Mr B,2.1,Miss C

How can I only return one row for each student (Miss B, Miss C) but make sure that row is the one that corresponds to the highest grade value, so out of the above I would want only...

CLASS,YEAR,TEACHER,GRADE,STUDENT
1A,2009,Mr B,1.3,Miss B
1A,2009,Mr B,2.1,Miss C

I am sure this is an easy thing to do? Oracle syntax would be good please!!
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Question by:Blowfelt82
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by:Geert Gruwez
ID: 38826470
select * from table
where (student, grade) in (select student, max(grade) from table group by student)
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by:Guy Hengel [angelIII / a3]
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by:DoutorApedeuta
ID: 38826683
I guess you could use the DENSE_RANK analytic function. Something like:

SELECT CLASS,YEAR,TEACHER,GRADE,STUDENT,
       DENSE_RANK() OVER (PARTITION BY STUDENT ORDER BY Grade DESC) "rank"
FROM   table_name

You can use as a subquery and then select the rows where rank = 1.
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johnsone earned 500 total points
ID: 38826689
This should work as well.
SELECT * 
FROM   (SELECT class, 
               year, 
               teacher, 
               grade, 
               student, 
               Row_number() 
                 OVER ( 
                   partition BY student 
                   ORDER BY grade DESC) rn 
        FROM   grades) 
WHERE  rn = 1; 

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by:awking00
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If a student took more than one class, would you still only want one row for that student with the highest grade regardless of the class, or want one row for each class the student took with the highest grade for each class?
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