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When can I use PIVOT and when should I use UNPIVOT?I

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Can anyone please tell me when I should be using PIVOT and when I should be using UNPIVOT?
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If you receive a normalized table, you can use PIVOT (scroll down for some examples) to change it so that it is pivoted, i.e. rows-columns-value, like an Excel spreadsheet.

If you receive PIVOTED data, and wish to normalize it, that would be an UNPIVOT.
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