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How to get results with CTE query rahter than Loop

I have created a stored procedure with loops that gives me the output I need, but it is slow. I have tried to use a CTE query, but do not know how to create the TotalSamples. The CTE creates the same number of rows as the looped query, but does not calculate TotalSamples. TotalSamples should be the distinct samplekey by site, collectionYear, germinationYear, plot, habitat
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Kent OlsenData Warehouse Architect / DBACommented:
Hi Blankman,

A CTE won't necessarily replace a store procedure or the necessity of looping on data.  What the CTE does is allow you to break a complex query into smaller pieces and reuse some of the intermediate results without the database rebuilding those results.

If you can't visualize a query that will do what you want, neither a complex query nor a CTE will do what you want any better than your stored procedure.

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