Oracle Records Do not Match

So I am kind of confused on why this is happening and trying to find a way to resolve this.  There were multiple users connected to Oracle I ensured all users disconnected however there is a couple of tables that should show no data but it does and doesn't, this is what I mean.  When I run a query against the database:

SELECT COUNT (SDE_ID) FROM PROCESS_INFORMATION;

COUNT (SDE_ID)
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                                      0

But when I into the oracle GUI looked at the same table it initially shows 77 rows but when I want to view the data it shows 0.  So I am guessing these are orphaned records so how would I delete them?  

The attached document should clarify it better.
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jjmekkattilAsked:
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DavidSenior Oracle Database AdministratorCommented:
The only reason for "orphaned rows" in Oracle, is if poorly written code allows for child records to survive the deletion of their parent rows.  I would question the GUI and the precise source of the SQL statement.  In such a scenerio, please stick with the terminal level SQL*Plus session instead.

The select count result is an estimate, affected by the DML (inserts, deletes) on a table and the accuracy of the table's statistics.  

The solution is to query the underlying SYS views if you have DBA or SYSOPER privilege:

select num_rows from sys.dba_tables where table_name = 'PROCESS_INFORMATION' and owner = 'SDE';
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jjmekkattilAuthor Commented:
Ok so with the above mentioned query I did get the same matching number but again it does not resolve my underlying issue because when I ran another query specifically:

select sde_id from sde.process_information;

no rows selected

So there I need to remove those rows and I guess how would I go about doing that?
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DavidSenior Oracle Database AdministratorCommented:
I suggest you truncate the table. If you still see rows in the GUI, they have to have a different source.  Possibly, a materialized view.
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jjmekkattilAuthor Commented:
Well again in the above attachments "locks01" shows rows but "process_information" shows no rows.
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DavidSenior Oracle Database AdministratorCommented:
Please execute
select table_name , num_rows from sys.user_tables order by 1;
I do not yet grasp why you wish to zero out the other tables -- if that's even the case.
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slightwv (䄆 Netminder) Commented:
>>initially shows 77 rows

Looks like that first image is from all_tables (or one of the _tables views).

The num_rows column is not the number of rows currently in the table.  If is the number of rows when statistics were last generated.

Check out the following test case to confirm this.

You will need to change ownname below to the user that you are using.
drop table tab1 purge;
create table tab1(col1 char(1));
insert into tab1 values('a');
insert into tab1 values('b');
commit;


exec dbms_stats.gather_table_Stats(ownname=>'SCOTT',tabname=>'TAB1');

delete from tab1;
commit;

select num_rows from user_tables where table_name='TAB1';

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