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Hah -- comments ... Thanks for challenging me, Jesper :-)
Well, my first thought (when I saw this question) was: what are these
columns A and B supposed to mean in real world, to make this type of
questions "reasonable" in the first place? In other words, aren't we looking
at a design mistake here? How can you have two columns that apparently have
precisely the same meaning?
And another question: what is the primary key of this table?
Relational, relational, ... Isn't a table just like a spreadsheet, with rows and columns? :-)
Undskyld, undskyld,
Lex.
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On Behalf Of Jesper Haure Norrevang
Sent: Friday, December 03, 2004 18:07
To: geraldine_2_at_comcast.net
Cc: oracle-l_at_freelists.org
Subject: Re: SQL question
Geraldine,
select a, b
from mytable
where a <= b
union
select b, a
from mytable
where b = a
In Set Theory the set (1, 2) is equal to (2, 1).
Relational databases are (more and less) good implementations of Set Theory. Basicly you are asking for a Set of Sets. Quite interesting. May be Lex has some comments on this?
Regards
Jesper Haure
> Hi,
> I have the following table below
>
> SQL> select * FRom mytable;
> A B
> ---------- ----------
> 1 2
> 3 4
> 2 1
> 5 6
> 4 3
>
> 5 rows selected.
>
> and I like to get the following output:
>
> A B
> ---------- ----------
> 1 2
> 3 4
> 5 6
>
>
> basically (1,2) is the same as (2,1) and I would just like to display
> any of those combination just once.
>
> Not sure how I can write a SQL to extract the data. Can someone help.
>
> TIA.
>
> Geraldine
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