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# DB2 - SELECT only numbers from a column

Posted on 2014-04-22
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I have a Phone number fied (PHONE_NBR) in TBL_PHONE.  The values can be
123-456-7890
1234567890
123 456 7890
(123) 456-7890
+91234567890

Is there a way that I can get just the numbers 1234567890 in a SELECT statement.

Thanks,
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Expert Comment

ID: 40014899
you can achieve that with an expression like this:
``````SELECT PHONE_NBR
from TBL_PHONE
WHERE LENGTH(RTRIM(TRANSLATE(PHONE_NBR, '*', ' 0123456789'))) = 0
``````
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Expert Comment

ID: 40014903
Use the DIGITS function.

SELECT digits (phone_number) FROM mytable...

Kent
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Author Comment

ID: 40015006
Guy Hengel,

I have over 20,000 rows but

WHERE LENGTH(RTRIM(TRANSLATE(PHONE_NBR, '*', ' 0123456789'))) = 0

only returns 30 rows.

----------------------------------

KDO,

phone_number is defined as CHAR(15) so DIGITS(phone_number) doesn't work.

Thanks!
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Guy Hengel [angelIII / a3] earned 250 total points
ID: 40015039
CHAR(15) means you will have trailing spaces...

hence, my suggestion will return those that have 15 digits phone numbers...
will this work then for you?
WHERE LENGTH(RTRIM(TRANSLATE( RTRIM(PHONE_NBR), '*', ' 0123456789'))) = 0
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Accepted Solution

Kent Olsen earned 250 total points
ID: 40015095
Using Guy's approach, if you know that the unwanted characters are predictable, you can use something like this:

select replace (translate ('(123)456-7890', '', '()-+'), ' ', '') from sysibm.sysdummy1

If that doesn't cover all of the cases, add the remaining offending characters to the string '()-+'.
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Author Comment

ID: 40015502
Is there a built-in function in DB2 to select just the numerics?  There are a lot of junks data in the phone number column so it's hard to find all non-numeric chars to put in the replace string.

Thanks!
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Expert Comment

ID: 40018222
Hi ttta,

No.  But it's pretty easy to find the offending characters

SELECT phonecolumn, translate (phonecolumn, ' ', '0123456789()-+')
FROM mytable
WHERE translate (phonecolumn, ' ', '0123456789()-+') <> ' '
FETCH FIRST 1 ROWS ONLY;

That will find the first row with an invalid character.  Add the character(s) to the string in the query above and run it again.

You can also start by adding the suspect characters.  Alphabetics, special characters, etc.
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Author Comment

ID: 40018262
ok, thanks a lot for your help!
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Expert Comment

ID: 40029990
I realize this question is already answered, but I've been on vacation for over a week, so let me give you a user-defined function I wrote many years ago to do exactly what you're asking about.

``````CREATE FUNCTION IntegerPart (
inString VARCHAR(100)
)
RETURNS integer
LANGUAGE SQL
modifies sql data
set option dbgview = *source

BEGIN
-- Scratch variables used for processing
DECLARE outputString VARCHAR(100);
DECLARE stringLength INT;
DECLARE loopCounter INT;
DECLARE charAtPos VARCHAR(1);

-- If the incoming string is NULL, return NULL
IF (inString IS NULL) THEN
return NULL;
End If;
-- Initialize the scratch variables
SET outputString = '';
SET stringLength = LENGTH(inString);
SET loopCounter = 1;

-- Loop over the string
WHILE (loopCounter <= stringLength) DO
-- Get the single character off the string
SET charAtPos = SUBSTRING (inString, loopCounter, 1);

-- If the character is numeric, add it to the result
IF ((CharAtPos >= '0') and (CharAtPos <= '9')) then
SET outputString = outputString || charAtPos;
END IF;

SET loopCounter = loopCounter + 1;
END WHILE;

-- Return the final output
if (outputString = '') then
RETURN NULL;
end if;

RETURN (integer(outputString));

END

select IntegerPart('a1b2c3!@#\$89')
from sysibm.sysdummy1

INTEGERPART
12,389
``````

HTH,
DaveSlash
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Author Comment

ID: 40030110
Thank you!
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