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Hello,

I have a query:
select id, type_id, sum(values)
from table
group by id, type_id
order by 2, 3 desc;

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The problem is that I only want the top 20 id's ( top 20 based on the sum(values) column ) for each type_id, instead of ALL ids for each type_id.

There is an ever growing amount of type_ids (i.e. 500+), so setting up a bunch of union-ed queries isn't a desirable option.

Is there a way to do this in oracle(or postgres).  Any help if greatly appreciated.

Thank You.
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Question by:Alex Matzinger
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slightwv (䄆 Netminder) earned 2000 total points
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In Oracle, try row_number().

something like this (untested.   just typed in):

select id, type_id, mySum
from (
select id, type_id, mySum, row_number() over(partition by type_id order by mySum desc) rn
from (
select id, type_id, sum(values) mySum
from table
group by id, type_id
)
)
where rn <= 20
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by:slightwv (䄆 Netminder)
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Just noticed:  Subject says top 10, question says top 20.

Whichever it is, just change "where rn <= 20" to the appropriate number.
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by:magarity
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You can use a sys_refcursor to step through the list in chunks if you'd like the first 10 or 20 and then the next batch, etc. See this Ask Tom article and the first answer from Tom:
http://asktom.oracle.com/pls/apex/f?p=100:11:0::::P11_QUESTION_ID:2829457400346889644
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by:Alex Matzinger
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This worked perfectly for me.  Thank You for your assistance
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