Case Study: Storing, Querying, and Analyzing Performance: Pt. 2

Querying Responses


Having stored our checkbox data as integers how does one
query the table to find the corresponding bits which are set?


Although the pervasiveness of TCP/IP and network masks has
made more people aware of the binary number system let’s review how to figure out which bits are
set. Given an integer how does one
calculate which particular bits are set.
A math teacher would give a better explanation on the terminology behind
the following process but the following is a process one can use.

The Process:

The following is a list of bits. As I mentioned in the previous article each bit corresponds to a given checkbox.

Checkbox1  Bit 1  2^0 = 1
Checkbox2  Bit 2  2^1 = 2
Checkbox3  Bit 3  2^2 = 4
Checkbox4  Bit 4  2^3 = 8
Checkbox5  Bit 5  2^4 = 16
Checkbox6  Bit 6  2^5 = 32
Checkbox7  Bit 7  2^6 = 64
Checkbox8  Bit 8  2^7 = 128

In the last article Storing Responses the process of storing
checkbox data as integers was demonstrated.
Following the procedures from that article on may end up with an integer
value of 37 stored in the database.

Given 37 is a value in the database how would one go
backwards to figure out which bits this integer corresponds. The manual process uses the following
logic. Find the bit corresponding to a
value not larger than 37 but as close to 37 as possible. In this case the value would be 32 which
means bit 6 is set. Subtract 37 from
the value of the set bit. This will leave 5.
Now do the process again. The
value closest to 5 without going over is 4, this means bit 3 is set. Take away the 4 from 5 and you are left with
1 this means bit 1 is set. So to
represent 37 in binary format we need bits 6, 3 and 1 set.

Programming the above logic can be done. It is a long and tedious process. Another method would be to use the following
formula for each of the bits we need to test (Note: we will only need to test
the bit greater than the largest integer in the table). Below is the example for each bit followed
by the corresponding SQL statement.

Expressions to Return Each Bit

IntValue: is the integer value

Mod: is an Access function of the
form X MOD Y where returns the remainder when X is divided by Y. Transact-SQL has a similar using %

Int(X): returns the integer portion of the value X

Bit1: (Int([intValue]/2^0) Mod 2)
Bit2: (Int([intValue]/2^1) Mod 2)
Bit3: (Int([intValue]/2^2) Mod 2)
Bit4: (Int([intValue]/2^3) Mod 2)
Bit5: (Int([intValue]/2^4) Mod 2)
Bit6: (Int([intValue]/2^5) Mod 2)
Bit7: (Int([intValue]/2^6) Mod 2)
Bit8: (Int([intValue]/2^7) Mod 2)

Because both Access and SQL can be used to query a SQL
database and both are used in my current working environment I have included
the SQL statements in using the syntax for each application.

SQL Statement (Access):

SELECT (Int([intValue]/128) Mod 2) AS Bit8,
  (Int([intValue]/64) Mod 2) AS Bit7, 
  (Int([intValue]/32) Mod 2) AS Bit6, 
  (Int([intValue]/16) Mod 2) AS Bit5, 
  (Int([intValue]/8) Mod 2) AS Bit4, 
  (Int([intValue]/4) Mod 2) AS Bit3, 
  (Int([intValue]/2) Mod 2) AS Bit2, 
  (Int([intValue]/1) Mod 2) AS Bit1, 
  tblinttest. IntValue as IntegerValue
FROM tblinttest

To specify a specific bit add a where clause using:

WHERE ((((Int([inttest]/128) Mod 2))=1)
   AND (((Int([inttest]/64) Mod 2))=1));

SQL Statement (Transact-SQL):

SELECT (convert(int,([inttest]/128)) % 2) AS Bit8, 
  (convert(int,([inttest]/64)) % 2) AS Bit7, 
  (convert(int,([inttest]/32)) % 2) AS Bit6,
  (convert(int,([inttest]/16)) % 2) AS Bit5, 
  (convert(int,([inttest]/8)) % 2) AS Bit4, 
  (convert(int,([inttest]/4)) % 2) AS Bit3, 
  (convert(int,([inttest]/2)) % 2) AS Bit2, 
  (convert(int,([inttest]/1)) % 2) AS Bit1, 
  tblinttest.Inttest as IntegerValue
FROM tblinttest

To specify a specific bit add a where clause using:

WHERE (((convert(int,([inttest]/128)) % 2)=1) 
AND ((convert(int,([inttest]/64)) % 2)=1));

It is now possible to write a query to return counts and
other information from the survey data mentioned in the first article. The next
article will discuss performance and other miscellaneous aspects of this table
design method.

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