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Re: Finding sequential records

From: "Oliveiros Cristina" <oliveiros(dot)cristina(at)gmail(dot)com>
To: "Steve Midgley" <science(at)misuse(dot)org>
Cc: "Richard Broersma" <richard(dot)broersma(at)gmail(dot)com>, pgsql-sql(at)postgresql(dot)org, oliveiros(dot)cristina(at)marktest(dot)pt
Subject: Re: Finding sequential records
Date: 2008-09-27 00:38:08
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Howdy, Steve.

FROM dummy a
SELECT fkey_id,name
FROM dummy
GROUP BY fkey_id,name
HAVING COUNT(*) > 1 AND SUM(id) = (MAX(id) + MIN(id)) * (MAX(id) - MIN(id) +
1) / 2
) b

The GROUP BY clause is to associate records that have the same fkey_id and
The COUNT(*) > 1 eliminates the situations when there is just one.
Now, about the equality, now i am thinking and maybe it is a bazooka to kill
a fly. :)
In your table you just have duplicates? Or you may have triplicates? And
quadruplicates? And in general n-uplicates? At the time, I thought you might
have n-uplicates, so I designed the query to be as general as possible to
handle all that cases, from which duplicates are a particular case, but now
i am wondering if you don't have more than duplicates.

Well, anyway the idea is as follows
The sum of a sequence is given by first + last / 2 * n, with n = last -
first + 1, OK ?

So, if the set of ids is sequencial, its sum must equal that expression.
It's basically that.

But I am now wondering now  that I might have misunderstood what your
requests were...

If you just have duplicates, then maybe it is cleaner to substitute that
clause by something simpler, like MAX(id) - MIN(id) = 1

I dunno if I fully answered your questions, but if I didn't feel free to ask

Best, Oliveiros


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