SQL Server 2012 introduces 8 new analytic functions. This post will cover 2 of them LEAD and LAG, which can be used to reference a value in the row before or the row after the current row.
If you have read my OVER clause articles you will recognize the REVENUE table. Just a table listing department revenue year over year for 3 departments.
USE [Master]; IF EXISTS(SELECT name FROM sys.databases WHERE name = 'analytics_demo') BEGIN ALTER DATABASE [analytics_demo] SET SINGLE_USER WITH ROLLBACK IMMEDIATE; DROP DATABASE [analytics_demo]; END GO CREATE DATABASE [analytics_demo]; GO USE [analytics_demo]; -- same Revenue Table used in previous examples of the OVER clause -- http://stevestedman.com/?p=1454 CREATE TABLE REVENUE ( [DepartmentID] int, [Revenue] int, [Year] int ); insert into REVENUE values (1,10030,1998),(2,20000,1998),(3,40000,1998), (1,20000,1999),(2,60000,1999),(3,50000,1999), (1,40000,2000),(2,40000,2000),(3,60000,2000), (1,30000,2001),(2,30000,2001),(3,70000,2001), (1,90000,2002),(2,20000,2002),(3,80000,2002), (1,10300,2003),(2,1000,2003), (3,90000,2003), (1,10000,2004),(2,10000,2004),(3,10000,2004), (1,20000,2005),(2,20000,2005),(3,20000,2005), (1,40000,2006),(2,30000,2006),(3,30000,2006), (1,70000,2007),(2,40000,2007),(3,40000,2007), (1,50000,2008),(2,50000,2008),(3,50000,2008), (1,20000,2009),(2,60000,2009),(3,60000,2009), (1,30000,2010),(2,70000,2010),(3,70000,2010), (1,80000,2011),(2,80000,2011),(3,80000,2011), (1,10000,2012),(2,90000,2012),(3,90000,2012); --just double check the table to see what's there for DepartmentID of 1 select DepartmentID, Revenue, Year from REVENUE where DepartmentID = 1; -- Using LAG -- http://stevestedman.com/?p=1513 select DepartmentID, Revenue, Year, LAG(Revenue) OVER (ORDER BY Year) as LastYearRevenue from REVENUE where DepartmentID = 1 order by Year;
Now for LEAD which allows you to pull from the next row in your set.
select DepartmentID, Revenue, Year, LAG(Revenue) OVER (ORDER BY Year) as LastYearRevenue, LEAD(Revenue) OVER (ORDER BY Year) as NextYearRevenue from REVENUE where DepartmentID = 1 order by Year;
So far, this is pretty exciting as a way to grab a value from the previous year or next year. Now to use it!
Calculating the Year Over Year Delta in the revenue numbers. Sure you could do this with a CTE and a lot of recursion, but it is just so much easier using LAG.
--So how do we calculate the difference between last year's -- numbers and this years numbers select DepartmentID, Revenue, Year, LAG(Revenue) OVER (ORDER BY Year) as LastYearRevenue, Revenue - LAG(Revenue) OVER (ORDER BY Year) as YearOverYearDelta from REVENUE where DepartmentID = 1 order by Year;
That’s it for LEAD and LAG, but keep in mind these are just building blocks for the analytic functions. More to come on the analytic functions in SQL 2012.
I hope you find LEAD and LAG in SQL Server as useful as I have. Just remember “Statistics can be made to prove anything—even the truth.”