Query to find Duplicate Records in Table? | Query to Delete Duplicate Records from table

  • Interview Question: How to Find Duplicate Records in Table?

Answer: To Find Duplicate Records in table you can use following query:

         select a.* from Employee a where rowid != 
         (select max(rowid) from Employee b where  a.Employee_num =b.Employee_num;

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1.Command Used to fetch records:

Select * from Employee;

Employee_num Employee_name Department
1 Rahul OBIEE
1 Rahul OBIEE
2 Rohit OBIEE


  So we will start analysing above table.First we need to calculate the records or
fetch the records which are dupicate records.

 

We are again using concept of row_id here.So i am displaying row_ids of the
employees.

 

select e.*,e.row_id from Employee e;

 

Employee_num Employee_name Department Row_ID
1 Rahul OBIEE 5001
1 Rahul 5002
2 Rohit OBIEE 5003

Here you will see or analyse that for the duplicate records the row_ids are different.So our logic is fetch the records where the row_id is maximum.But we need to take care of joining condition because we want data for specific group.So in our table we will use Employee_num as condition.

So to Fetch the Duplicate records  from table following is the Query:

          select a.* from Employee a where rowid != 
         (select max(rowid) from Employee b where  a.Employee_num =b.Employee_num;

It will fetch following results:

Employee_num Employee_name Department Row_ID
1 Rahul OBIEE 5002

Using Simple delete statement you can remove the duplicate records from the table.

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Use Following Query:

Delete from Employee a where rowid != 
         (select max(rowid) from Employee b where  a.Employee_num =b.Employee_num;

 

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Hope the query explanation is helpful to you .Please post comment if any questions or queries if you have.These kind of questions are always asked in interviews.

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4 Comments

  1. i think the result mentioned for
    select a.* from Employee a where rowid !=
    (select max(rowid) from Employee b where a.Employee_num =b.Employee_num;
    is not correct. please clarify the doubt as according to me the result should be two rows of rahul and rohit

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