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Delete duplicates in each column, not duplicate records

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Hi all. My ultimate goal is to return two columns, where no single value appears anywhere twice. This means that not only do I want to check that nothing from column A appears in column B and vice-versa, but I also don't want the same value appearing twice in A and twice in B.

So far I have:

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  1. --Diff the columns
  2. INSERT INTO @Table
  3. SELECT One, Two
  4. FROM @Column1 a
  5. FULL OUTER JOIN @Column2 b
  6. ON ((One NOT IN (Two)) OR (Two NOT IN (One)))
But then my trouble is removing the redundant values in each column. I tried splitting the table into single-column tables so that they would no longer be linked together, and then deleting duplicate records out of that single-column table. But it didn't work.

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  1. -- Attempt at removing duplicate values
  2. DELETE FROM @Column1
  3. DELETE FROM @Column2
  4. INSERT INTO @Column1 SELECT One FROM @Table
  5. INSERT INTO @Column2 SELECT Two FROM @Table
  7.          ORDER BY One
  9.          ORDER BY Two
But when I display these two columns together there are duplicates, and when I display them individually they aren't even in order. What's wrong here?

Oct 17 '08 #1
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Could you post some of your sample data? Let's see if we can find a pattern among the values.

-- CK
Oct 17 '08 #2

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