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Posted - 09/23/2000 :  12:11:01  Show Profile  Visit AskSQLTeam's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Earlier we published an article on quickly creating a sequential number. In this article we'll use that technique to quickly select one random record from a table. We'll even cover assigning a weight to each record. Can someone say banner ads?

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Posted - 08/22/2001 :  06:25:19  Show Profile  Send SteveMc an ICQ Message  Reply with Quote
That is an ingenius bit of trickery!

With a bit of tweaking I managed to use this method to set up a random data generator for a temperature sensor, based on a table containing outline values, your article has probably saved me a days work there 8)...

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Posted - 03/28/2002 :  14:50:14  Show Profile  Reply with Quote

I found a method to pull a single random row that is soooooo easy (I wish I'd thought of it.) No min/max or Ubound/lbound or averaging.

Select top 1 [data you want from row]
from [table or whatever]
Order By NEWID()

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Jedi Yak

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Posted - 03/28/2002 :  15:57:47  Show Profile  Visit MichaelP's Homepage  Reply with Quote
OMG, that works!! Now that is an elegant solution!
Now, I'm not sure on how random it really is, but it seems pretty random in my testing.


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Constraint Violating Yak Guru

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Posted - 03/28/2002 :  16:00:27  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
My mind is blown . . .

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Posted - 03/28/2002 :  17:12:01  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Jay, thanks for the link I read thru all those tips and found some cool info.


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