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# SQL - Generate 2 rows from 1

Posted on 2013-06-24
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I have data as follows:

ID     Desc        Hrs      Rate      Qty
1       Task 1      0          10          1
2       Task 2      1          20          2
3       Task 3      0          5            1

If a row has Hrs and Qty I need to return row for each one.  So the results should be

Desc       Rate     Amt    Total

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Question by:CipherIS
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ID: 39271366
``````this result:
DESC	RATE	AMT	TOTAL

--from this code:

select
[desc]
, Rate
, Amt
, amt*rate Total
from yourtable
cross apply (
values
(hrs)
, (qty)
) ca (Amt)
where amt > 0
``````
http://sqlfiddle.com/#!3/3b455/8
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Accepted Solution

Kdo earned 500 total points
ID: 39271378
A simpler query would be:

SELECT * FROM mytable WHERE qty <> 0
UNION ALL
SELECT * FROM mytable WHERE hours <> 0

Kent
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Expert Comment

ID: 39271565
there is only one table pass with the cross apply approach, but unioning would be an alternative when the fields are expanded

SELECT DESC, RATE, qty as AMT, qty*rate as TOTAL
FROM mytable WHERE qty <> 0
UNION ALL
SELECT DESC, RATE, hours as AMT, hours*rate as TOTAL
FROM mytable WHERE hours <> 0

-- compared to:
select [desc], Rate, Amt, amt*rate Total
from yourtable
cross apply ( values (hrs), (qty)  ) as CA (Amt)
where amt > 0
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Expert Comment

ID: 39271776
I'm not sure we have enough data to assure the desired results you seek. What would you expect with data like the following?:
ID     Desc        Hrs      Rate      Qty
1       Task 1      0          10          1
2       Task 2      2          20          3
3       Task 3      0          5            1
Also, can quantity ever be 0?
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Expert Comment

ID: 39272474
How in the world does that solution produce these results?
>> So the results should be
Desc       Rate     Amt    Total
SQL> select * from yourtbl;
ID DESCR         HRS       RATE        QTY
---------- ------ ---------- ---------- ----------
1 Task 1          0         10          1
2 Task 2          1         20          2
3 Task 3          0          5          1
SQL> SELECT * FROM yourtbl WHERE qty <> 0
2  UNION ALL
3  SELECT * FROM yourtbl WHERE hrs <> 0;

ID DESCR         HRS       RATE        QTY
---------- ------ ---------- ---------- ----------
1 Task 1          0         10          1
2 Task 2          1         20          2
3 Task 3          0          5          1
2 Task 2          1         20          2
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Expert Comment

ID: 39272734
I have no idea what the database looks like, but the question implies that HRS and QTY are both entities affected by rate.

If my assumption is correct, it's an incremental step to go from:

SELECT * FROM mytable WHERE qty <> 0
UNION ALL
SELECT * FROM mytable WHERE hours <> 0

to:

SELECT rate, qty as amt, rate * qty as Total FROM mytable WHERE qty <> 0
UNION ALL
SELECT rate, amt, rate * amt as TOTAL FROM mytable WHERE hrs <> 0

That answers the question.  PorletPaul's solution does too.  On a large table the cross apply is probably more efficient.  Both solutions get to the same place.

Kent
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ID: 39273559
It is my view that the accepted answer is incomplete. Without amendment that answer does not produce the expected results for the given inputs.

Whilst the technique of using 'union all' can be applied it required the incremental step to be a full answer. Additionally the use of 'union all' is less efficient than the first given correct answer, but perhaps the 'union all' technique was chosen because of familiarity instead of efficiency.

Note it is quite possible the asker could produce the needed incremental step without further assistance - in which case I suggest ID: 39271378 as accepted answer zero points and ID: 39271378 as an assist with points. To be honest I'm only disappointed that the more efficient technique was bypassed.
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ID: 39289812
>>Whilst I accept the answer might be considred "incomplete"<<
Without any explanation from the asker, I would consider the answer to be wrong rather than incomplete.
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