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Analyzing Data For Effective Decision Making. Chapter Introduction. Filter data in Microsoft Office Access 2003 database Retrieve and examine only records you need Sort data Rearrange records in specified order Queries Provide quick answers to business questions.

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analyzing data for effective decision making

Analyzing Data For Effective Decision Making

Succeeding in Business with Microsoft Office Access 2003: A Problem-Solving Approach

chapter introduction
Chapter Introduction
  • Filter data in Microsoft Office Access 2003 database
    • Retrieve and examine only records you need
  • Sort data
    • Rearrange records in specified order
  • Queries
    • Provide quick answers to business questions

Succeeding in Business with Microsoft Office Access 2003: A Problem-Solving Approach

filtering and sorting data
Filtering and Sorting Data
  • Filter
    • Restricts data in single table to create temporary subset of records
    • See only certain records in table based on specified criteria
  • Sorting records
    • Organizing in particular order or sequence
    • Sort records regardless of whether table filtered

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filtering by selection
Filtering by Selection
  • Tools
    • Filter by Selection
      • Select particular field in datasheet
      • Display only data that matches contents of field
      • Specify only one criterion for filter
    • Filter by Form

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using filter by selection to display a temporary subset of records
Using Filter by Selection to Display a Temporary Subset of Records

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filtering by form
Filtering by Form
  • Specify two or more criteria
  • Filter for comparative data
    • Use comparison operators
  • AND criteria
    • Selects records that contain all specified values
  • OR criteria
    • Selects records that contain any specified values

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sorting data to increase information content
Sorting Data to Increase Information Content
  • Organizes data and increases information value
  • Access sorts records based on primary key values
    • Use sorting to change order
  • To sort
    • Select sort field
  • Sort on multiple fields
    • Move fields in datasheet view so that they are adjacent

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sorting data to increase information content8
Sorting Data To Increase Information Content
  • Primary sort field
    • Access sorts records by this field first

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sorting types of data
Sorting Types of Data

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using queries to answer business questions
Using Queries to Answer Business Questions
  • Query
    • Database object
    • Stores criteria for selecting records from one or more tables
    • Save query
      • Use it again
    • More powerful than filter
      • Display only some fields in table
      • Create fields that perform calculations

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using queries to answer business questions continued
Using Queries to Answer Business Questions (continued)
  • Capabilities of Access queries:
    • Display selected fields and records from table
    • Sort records on one or multiple fields
    • Perform calculations
    • Generate data for forms reports and other queries
    • Update data in database
    • Find and display data from two or more tables
    • Create new tables
    • Delete records in table based on one or more criteria

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using queries to answer business questions continued12
Using Queries to Answer Business Questions (continued)
  • Select query
    • Ask question based on one or more tables in database
    • Result displayed in datasheet
      • Called recordset

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using the simple query wizard to create a query
Using the Simple Query Wizard to Create a Query
  • Simple query wizard
    • Presents list of tables and queries in database
      • And fields that they contain
    • Select fields from one or more tables
    • Wizard creates and displays results

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advantages and limitations of the simple query wizard
Advantages and Limitations of the Simple Query Wizard

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including summary statistics in a query for data analysis
Including Summary Statistics in a Query for Data Analysis
  • Summary query
    • Groups records
    • Calculate sum, average, minimum, or maximum value in each selected field
    • Count records in table or query
  • Click summary options button

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creating a summary query with the simple query wizard
Creating a Summary Query with the Simple Query Wizard

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creating a query in design view
Creating a Query in Design View
  • Select query window in Design view has two sections
    • Area for field lists at top of window
    • Design grid below it
  • Add tables for query to top part of window
    • Appear as field lists
  • Query by example (QBE)
    • Typing search value as a criterion

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query design view tools
Query Design View Tools

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creating queries with multiple criteria
Creating Queries with Multiple Criteria
  • Most queries involve more than one criterion
  • Represent AND criteria
    • Entering conditions in same criteria row in query design grid
  • Specify OR criteria
    • Use “or” row of query design grid

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setting criteria for the query in design view
Setting Criteria for the Query in Design View

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specifying sort order in queries
Specifying Sort Order in Queries
  • Query results appear in same order as data from underlying tables
    • Unless specify sort order when designing query
  • Sort order determined from left to right
  • Multiple columns must be adjacent to sort on more than one field in datasheet view

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running a query
Running a Query
  • Click Run button on query design toolbar
    • Access displays datasheet of records
  • Save query
    • Save only design
    • Not values from tables displayed in results

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using wildcards for inexact query matches
Using Wildcards for Inexact Query Matches
  • Wildcard character
    • Placeholder
    • Stands for one or more characters
  • Memo fields
    • Use same keywords throughout memos
    • Easily retrieve records later
    • Use wildcards when specifying keyword as a query criterion
      • To select records that contain characters before and after keyword

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wildcard characters used in queries
Wildcard Characters Used in Queries

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using wildcards for inexact query matches continued
Using Wildcards for Inexact Query Matches (continued)
  • Access inserts
    • Word “LIKE” for criteria with wildcards quotation marks around text
      • LIKE “*Spanish*”
    • Pound signs around dates
      • #12/*/2008#

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comparison operators
Comparison Operators

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comparison operators continued
Comparison Operators (continued)

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verifying and printing query results
Verifying and Printing Query Results
  • Verify query results before
    • Distributing query to others
    • Using it as basis for decisions
  • Use business knowledge
    • Determine whether results adequately answer question
  • Print query datasheet

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modifying query datasheets
Modifying Query Datasheets
  • Improve appearance of query or table datasheet
  • Resize column widths in any datasheet
    • Double-click line between field names to resize columns to best fit

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formatting options for query and table datasheets
Formatting Options for Query and Table Datasheets

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level 1 summary
Level 1 Summary
  • Use filtering and sorting to change data display
  • Develop queries using
    • Simple query wizard
    • Design view
  • Use comparison operators and wildcards to make queries more flexible
  • Verify query results using business knowledge

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level 2 objectives creating more complex queries
Level 2 Objectives:Creating More Complex Queries
  • Design queries that compare data from more than one table
  • Refine table relationships by specifying the join type
  • Perform calculations in queries
  • Customize queries and their results

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evaluating data using special types of queries
Evaluating Data Using Special Types of Queries

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using queries to find duplicate records
Using Queries to Find Duplicate Records
  • Duplicates Query Wizard
    • Searches for duplicate values in fields
    • Improve business operations
    • Designed to identify records that contain same information in particular field

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using queries to find unmatched records
Using Queries to Find Unmatched Records
  • Find Unmatched Query Wizard
    • Compares records in two specified tables or recordsets
    • Finds all records in one table or query that have no related records in second table or query
    • Requires that two tables being compared have common field

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limiting the records in the query results
Limiting the Records in the Query Results
  • Limiting results to only a few records often aids analysis
  • Top Values query
    • Sorts and then filters records
    • Display specified number of records that contain top or bottom values
    • Top Values list box on query design toolbar

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top values query design and results
Top Values Query Design and Results

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using parameter values in queries
Using Parameter Values in Queries
  • Parameter values
    • Phrase usually in form of a question or instruction
    • Enclosed in square brackets
    • Serves as prompt to user to enter value
    • Example
      • [Enter a job ID]

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parameter query to allow user input when the query is run
Parameter Query to Allow User Input when the Query Is Run

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analyzing data from more than one table
Analyzing Data from More than One Table
  • Data from more than one table required to answer question
    • Combine records from two or more tables
    • Display only information needed
  • Work in design view to specify criteria for selecting records from multiple tables
  • Lines between tables link primary key to foreign key field
    • Primary key designated with 1
    • Foreign key designated with ∞

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analyzing data from more than one table continued
Analyzing Data from More than One Table (continued)
  • Join tables
    • Linking of tables using primary and foreign keys
    • Established relationship
    • Or
      • Each table shares field with same or compatible data type
      • One join field primary key
  • If tables do not include fields that can be joined
    • Add one or more extra tables or queries
    • Link tables that contain the data

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analyzing data from more than one table continued42
Analyzing Data from More than One Table (continued)
  • Use queries as source of underlying data for another query in place of one or more tables
  • Create queries based on more than one object
    • Should not use any table or query that does not have common field with at least one of the other tables or queries
    • Otherwise Access displays every combination of records between two tables

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refining relationships with appropriate join types
Refining Relationships with Appropriate Join Types
  • Inner join
    • Displays all records in one table that have corresponding values in common field in another table
    • Records must match before being displayed in query results
  • Outer join
    • Display all records of one table
    • Regardless of whether corresponding record stored in related table

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inner join
Inner Join

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left outer join
Left Outer Join

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right outer join
Right Outer Join

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refining relationships with appropriate join types continued
Refining Relationships with Appropriate Join Types (continued)
  • Outer join types
    • Left
    • Right
  • Use join properties dialog box
    • To change join type
    • By default tables related using inner joins

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using logical operators to specify multiple conditions
Using Logical Operators to Specify Multiple Conditions
  • Logical operators
    • Test values that can only be true or false
  • Place conditions in separate fields in same criteria row of design grid
    • All conditions in row must be met to select record
  • NOT logical operator
    • Excludes values that don’t meet criterion

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logical operators
Logical Operators

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performing calculations with queries
Performing Calculations with Queries
  • Any information derived from fields in table or query should be calculated in query
    • Rather than included as data in table
  • Calculation types
    • Predefined
      • Compute amounts for groups of records or for all records combined in query
    • Custom
      • Performs numeric date and text computations on each record
      • Using data from one or more fields

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calculating statistical information
Calculating Statistical Information
  • Aggregate functions
    • Arithmetic and statistical operations
    • Apply to records that meet query’s selection criteria

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aggregate functions
Aggregate Functions

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using aggregate functions in a query
Using Aggregate Functions in a Query

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creating calculated fields in a query
Creating Calculated Fields in a Query
  • Expression
    • Arithmetic formula used to make calculation
    • Use standard arithmetic operators
    • Use parenthesis for complex expressions
  • Calculated field
    • Add to query design grid
    • Type expression
  • Expression builder
    • Build complex expressions

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creating calculated fields in a query continued
Creating Calculated Fields in a Query (continued)
  • Function
    • Perform standard calculation
    • Return value
  • Date()
    • Provides today’s date
  • Field properties
    • Change format and number of decimal places for calculated field

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field properties
Field Properties

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concatenating in queries
Concatenating in Queries
  • Concatenation
    • Combining contents of two or more fields
    • Operator
      • &
    • Example
      • Name [EmpFirst]& " " & [EmpLast]

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level 2 summary
Level 2 Summary
  • Use queries to select data from more than one table
  • Join types
    • Inner
    • Right outer
    • Left outer
  • Calculated field types
    • Predefined
    • Custom

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level 3 objectives exploring advanced queries and queries written in structured query language
Level 3 Objectives: Exploring Advanced Queries and Queries Written in Structured Query Language
  • Calculate and restructure data to improve analysis
  • Examine and create advanced types of queries
  • Make decisions in a query using the immediate IF (IIF) function
  • Develop queries using SQL

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analyzing query calculations
Analyzing Query Calculations
  • Crosstab queries
    • Special type of totals query
    • Performs aggregate function calculations on values of one database field
    • Determine exactly how summary data appears in results
    • Calculate and restructure data
      • Analyze it more easily
    • Work especially well with time-series data

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creating a crosstab query
Creating a Crosstab Query
  • To create use
    • Crosstab query wizard
      • Often need to create query first
    • Or design view
      • Start with select query that includes numeric values or summary calculations

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crosstab field settings
Crosstab Field Settings

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modifying data using queries
Modifying Data Using Queries
  • Action queries
    • Modify data in table
    • Add records to or delete records from table
    • Create new table
  • Backup data before using action query

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access action queries
Access Action Queries

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process for archiving data
Process for Archiving Data

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archiving data with make table queries
Archiving Data with Make-table Queries
  • Make-table query
    • Creates table from some or all of the fields and records in existing table or query
    • Access does not delete selected fields and records from existing table

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adding records to tables with append queries
Adding Records to Tables with Append Queries
  • Append query
    • Select records from one or more tables by setting criteria
    • Add those records to end of another table
    • Selected records also remain in original tables
    • Table to which records added must already exist
    • Also use to bring data from another source into database

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removing records from tables with delete queries
Removing Records from Tables with Delete Queries
  • Delete query
    • Removes information from table
    • Based on specified criteria
    • All records meeting criteria permanently removed from table
  • Create select query first
    • Convert to delete query
  • Cascading deletes

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updating data with an update query
Updating Data with an Update Query
  • Update query
    • Changes values of data in one or more existing tables
    • Create select query first
      • Change type to update query

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making decisions in queries
Making Decisions in Queries
  • IF statement
    • Tests condition
    • Takes one action if condition true
    • Takes another action if condition false
  • IIF function
    • Make if decision
    • Format
      • IIF(condition to test what to do if true, what to do if false)

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customizing queries using structured query language
Customizing Queries Using Structured Query Language
  • Access designed as database management system (DBMS) for
    • Small businesses
    • Or departments within large businesses
  • Structured query language
    • Common query language of most DBMSs
    • Use to query, update, and manage relational databases
  • Create query in design view
    • Access translates entries and criteria into SQL statements

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customizing queries using structured query language continued
Customizing Queries Using Structured Query Language (continued)
  • View statements by switching from Design view to SQL view
  • SELECT statement defines
    • What data query should retrieve from database
    • How it should present data

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exploring the components of an sql query
Exploring the Components of an SQL Query
  • Keywords
    • Use to construct SQL statements
  • Most developers place each statement on separate line
    • To make SQL code easy to read

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common sql keywords
Common SQL Keywords

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level 3 summary
Level 3 Summary
  • Action queries
    • Make new tables
    • Append data
    • Delete data
    • Update data
  • IFF function
  • SQL
    • Use SQL view to edit SQL directly

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chapter summary
Chapter Summary
  • Queries retrieve data from one or more tables
    • Action queries update data
    • Perform calculations
    • Make decisions using IFF function
  • SQL
    • Used to interact with relational databases
    • Use SQL view to view/edit SQL statements generated by Access

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