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Posted - 10/03/2000 :  18:01:43  Show Profile  Visit AskSQLTeam's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Reverend writes "This has got me. I am looking for a way to create a record set with multiple random values using a single, non-iterated/non-looped, select statement. On a 265 record DB I even tried . . .

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Posted - 11/16/2000 :  12:41:21  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Mike C

select top 10 * from myTable order by NewId()

Is a very quick and easy random select.
Change 10 to the number of records you want and myTable to your table name of course.

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Posted - 12/01/2000 :  07:39:46  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Random Select

I too have a requirement to produce x random records from a table with a WHERE clause set. But how exactly does this code work ?

"select top 10 * from myTable order by NewId()"

I found similar code for Access at

"select top 100 mytable.*from mytable
where Randomizer() = 0
order by rnd(isnull(mytable.question) * 0 + 1)"

where the Randomizer function is:
Function Randomizer () As Integer
Static AlreadyDone As Integer
If AlreadyDone = False Then Randomize : AlreadyDone = True
Randomizer = 0
End Function

This appear to be a variant of the same thing to work around the lack of NewID() in Access. I'm puzzled as to how either do their stuff. It looks like a way of tapping into (or fooling) the actual SQL parsing/searching mechanism. Is this approach legal/reliable ? Any insights would be very gratefully received...

Bob Osola

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Posted - 02/16/2001 :  18:34:53  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Random Select

I've developed a Ranomizing select that will return you any number of records in an *almost* random order. You can see patterns but for the most part they are random.

Randomness and Recordsets...

Send me an email with your comments.

Ryan Trudelle-Schwarz

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Posted - 12/09/2003 :  12:00:09  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
You can also use the Sine-function to generate a nearly-random sequence:

"select top 10 * from myTable order by Sin(UnitID * Rand() * 1000)"

With UnitID being a unique value for each record. The 1000 ensures that the numbers are not within the same 2pi-period.
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Posted - 04/23/2010 :  01:58:11  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I have saved 1000 Question in Sql server 2005 database table And I want to retrieve the any 50 questions in random order just like the online exam pattern for perticular session.

MY name is Kamlesh
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