Why not simply using several Common Table Expressions:
1. X - Determines the Number of Records/Rows/Ranks to be selected (Ceiling
rounds up to the next full integer, i.e. 1.25 = 2 but 1 = 1)
2. Y - Determines the Rank of the B0Balance
3. z - Joins x and y to determine the Average of the 25% top balances
The final select statement joins y and z to get the average of the 25% into
each row.

With x as (Select Ceiling(Count(*) * .25) NbrOfRows
Where B0Balance > 0),
y as (Select Rank() Over(Order By B0Balance Desc) MyRank, B0Balance
Z as (Select Avg(B0Balance) MyAvg
From y cross join x
Where MyRank <= NbrofRows)
Select y.*, MyAvg
From y cross join z;

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[mailto:midrange-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx] Im Auftrag von Charles Wilt
Gesendet: Tuesday, 29. September 2009 22:29
An: Midrange Systems Technical Discussion
Betreff: Re: SQL Select - Average of top 25% records

Actually, I think you might have to do the second statement
dynamically instead of the static version I posted.

If I remember correctly, the FETCH FIRST clause can't use a host variable...


On Tue, Sep 29, 2009 at 4:26 PM, Charles Wilt <charles.wilt@xxxxxxxxx>
You can't do it with one statement, you'll need two:

SELECT COUNT(*) * .25 FROM cvactdtl  INTO :wTop25
WHERE b0balance > 0

with tbl as ( select b0balance FROM cvactdtl
                 WHERE b0balance > 0
                  order by b0balance desc
                 fetch first :wTop25 rows only
select avg(b0balance)
from tbl


On Tue, Sep 29, 2009 at 3:51 PM, Jack Prucha <jprucha@xxxxxxx> wrote:

I can get an average fo all the records.  The accounts without a balance
don't count.

SELECT AVG(b0balance) FROM cvactdtl
WHERE b0balance > 0

I can calculate 25% of the records

SELECT COUNT(*) * .25 FROM cvactdtl
WHERE b0balance > 0

But how can I calculate the average of the top 25% records.   Records
the same balance would be counted separately.

I've looked at RANK and PARTITION BY but can't find enough information to
understand their use.

Any ideas?


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