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Select 5 rows with criteria 1 and 2 rows with criteria 2

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Hi all. I have been trying to write a code in a query that selects 4 questions defined as Electrical and 2 questions defined as safety and 2 questions defined as tools. These questions are in the same table. The pickel is, i also want to random select those questions from my database (table). Here is my code to random select each one from DataBase table,
DataBase = Table with all questions. ( ID | Type | Question | Answer | )

SELECT TOP 4 DataBase.*
FROM DataBase
WHERE (Type In (Electrical))
ORDER BY Rnd(IsNull(DataBase.ID)*0+1);

Now i also want to select the rest and also have them random selected.
I dont seem to be able to do so in one query.
Is there any one that has any suggestions for me?
Any help much appreciated, with regards Heimir
Jul 19 '07 #1
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Hi I think the best way to acheive this is to use multiple queries and then bring them together into one. I attempted to do this in a single query however the multiple subqueries crashed access for me. So I think this is the way to go.

SELECT TOP 4 tblQuestion.ID
FROM tblQuestion
WHERE (((tblQuestion.Type) In ('Electrical')))
ORDER BY Rnd(IsNull(ID)*0+1);

FROM tblQuestion
WHERE (Type In ('Safety'))
ORDER BY Rnd(IsNull(ID)*0+1);

FROM tblQuestion
WHERE (Type In ('Tools'))
ORDER BY Rnd(IsNull(ID)*0+1);

SELECT DISTINCT tblQuestion.Type, tblQuestion.Question, tblQuestion.Answer, tblQuestion.ID
FROM tblQuestion, qselElec, qselSafe, qselTools
WHERE (((tblQuestion.ID) In ([qselElec].[ID],[qselSafe].[ID],[qselTools].[ID])));
Jul 19 '07 #2

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Thank you so much!

You gave me the hint to realize what i needed to do.
Use multiple queries, that was the solution.
Jul 19 '07 #3

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